Resources for Acupuncture in Chemical Dependency Treatment and Recovery
Frequently Asked Questions
How do we find and train people to do the needling?
In all cases, the acupuncture
should be provided at the treatment site. In States that have an "acu-detox"
law, needling may be done by existing staff with special training provided
by the National Acupuncture Detoxification
Other States have differing laws governing who may perform acupuncture - usually licensed acupuncturists, or in some cases chiropractors or other medical professionals. Contact your state's Board of Medical Examiners for specific information.
These professionals are in
private practice and are generally available on contract or at an hourly
rate. The hourly rate
will depend significantly upon how many of these professionals are available
in your locale. In rural or outlying areas, travel time may also need
to be reimbursed.
In all cases, it is
essential - and in some states even required - that people doing the needling
be certified by NADA,
which provides this training and service through a network of Registered
Trainers. If your budget allows, key administrative and clinical staff
should also participate in the NADA training before program start-up.
Some level of training is strongly recommended for all program staff when the acupuncture component is added - even those not assigned to the clinic - to help assure the program's success.
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