In Spanish, “nada” means “nothing.” However, in the acupuncture world, NADA means the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, whose mission is to communicate the value of acupuncture treatment as a non-surgical, drug-free complement to other evidence-based therapies for drug and alcohol addiction.
Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness and Excel Treatment Center in Dover, NJ have partnered to pilot a new addiction treatment program that integrates this innovative approach with other evidence-based addiction treatments including counseling, individual and family education, group support and more.
The 4 – 6 week pilot program begins Monday, July 11, 2016. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center’s Lara Beneshan, a licensed acupuncturist, will administer five tiny, painless, sterile needles into specific sites on each ear. “These sites target stress relief,” said Beneshan, “and promote calm and help with withdrawal symptoms.” Each treatment lasts about 30 – 45 minutes and is administered in a group setting.
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As NADA reports, benefits of its addiction treatment protocol include “reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine, reduced withdrawal symptoms, increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation.” Recognized by the United States Department of Justice as an effective treatment option, acupuncture reduces cravings and helps patients benefit from treatment services more than patients who do not receive acupuncture. These patients have a greater chance of lasting remission and may avoid relapses.
Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center has long offered acupuncture to patients for the treatment of chronic pain from trauma, injury, and other health issues, ranging from persistent and debilitating head, neck, shoulder and back pain to systemic conditions like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Beginning in July, the Center’s licensed professional acupuncturists will be working closely with the group therapy counselors at Randolph’s Excel Treatment Center to offer a new addiction treatment program which integrates these evidence-based acupuncture protocols with cognitive-behavioral therapy and other counseling techniques.
“I’m very excited to include this as part of our mix of therapies at Excel,” said Anthony Polito, a licensed social worker and Excel’s owner. “For years I’ve heard about this technique but never had access to qualified acupuncturists who could provide the therapy.”
Dr. David Simon, co-owner of Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, is also delighted to participate. “Addiction is difficult to treat and requires the integration of multiple therapies for the client to succeed.” He continued, “Giving clients an added tool to help calm and detox is a meaningful contribution to Excel’s mission.”
“It’s really so simple,” said Beneshan. “It’s non-invasive, easy to administer and requires no drugs.” Nada!