Guest Blog contributed by Rick Renaudin, member of the Board of Trustees for The Council on Recovery
Like many of you, I am a creature of habit. I’ve got my set routine which includes family, work, exercise, playing with our puppy, etc.
Sobriety begs for a good routine.
Roughly 7 or 8 weeks ago, it became apparent that my life was going to change due to the “shelter in place” recommendations that arose from the Coronavirus pandemic. During this time I have celebrated my 4 year sobriety anniversary.
I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for my sobriety. I can’t even imagine the nightmare this confinement would have put me and my wife through otherwise… all of the planning, scheming and hiding that would have been necessary to extend my drinking, would have exhausted my whole family. Thanks to them, I am facing this most unusual period in all of our lives with a clear mind. A mind absent all of the angst and turmoil that went with prolonging my drinking.
If you are struggling with any kind of substance abuse, please know there is help right around the corner at The Council on Recovery. Whether you’re worried about yourself or a loved one, The Council is the place to start. It’s confidential and it will change your life forever!
By Lori Fiester, Clinical Director of the Center for Recovering Families
I have been in the social work field for approximately 32
years and have seen trends come and go in substance abuse treatment settings.
Treatment for substance abuse was primarily geared to the 12 Steps when I first
entered the field, along with licensed chemical dependency counselors. Today we
have a plethora of providers that give a vast array of therapeutic
interventions that can assist those seeking help. Recently, I stumbled upon an opportunity
to learn another intervention that can assist people who want to get sober, are
sober, or are in sustained recovery, called Acudetox.
Acudetox is a five-point acupuncture protocol specifically
designed for those struggling with substance use issues. The acupuncture
needles are gently placed in the ear at specific points. This helps balance the
body’s energy and assists the healing process. It is referred to in Eastern medicine
as a yin tonification, restoring calm inner qualities like serenity. This
process is best done in a group setting lasting from 30-45 minutes and is
non-verbal with minimal interaction from the facilitator.
Acudetox has shown to decrease cravings for alcohol and drugs,
withdrawal symptoms, relapse episodes, anxiety, insomnia and agitation. Even more exciting, the effects can be
immediate. There are usually no side-effects and the intervention is
inexpensive. Clients report relaxation,
stress and craving reduction, mental clarity, an increased sense of wellbeing
and more energy. Programs have reported
more successful completions and less client discharge against medical advice,
along with higher client satisfaction improvement.
This seemed too good to be true, so off I went to get
trained in Acudetox. As a result, I’m a firm believer that this intervention can
assist anyone in the process of recovery. While practicing the protocol, I
experienced immediate relaxation myself and noticed later that my mindless
eating wasn’t as mindless. As I practiced on friends and colleagues, they
reported decreased blood pressure, better sleep and more concentration. Even
those who chose not to have the intervention in the group setting experienced a
meditative state. As a therapist, it’s an interesting shift from talk therapy
to inserting needles, but I see the value as clients become more aware of their
body and their thoughts, and are able to settle more quickly to begin their
The Council is offering Acudetox to clients in The Center for Recovering Families’ Intensive Outpatient Program, and is also now offering appointments open to the general public. Click here for more information on Acudetox or to register for a session.