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Sat, Jun 10


Salt Lake City

Acudetox Training June 10-11, 2023 (plus pre-work prior to training)

Join us for Acudetox training right before the Utah Addictions Update Conference! Required reading and video/lecture viewing before training. **NOTE that you will be reimbursed for $410 once you complete all training requirements and submit your certificate to Utah DOPL and to the trainers.***

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Acudetox Training June 10-11, 2023 (plus pre-work prior to training)
Acudetox Training June 10-11, 2023 (plus pre-work prior to training)

Time & Location

Jun 10, 2023, 8:30 AM MDT – Jun 11, 2023, 5:00 PM MDT

Salt Lake City, 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA


About the event

Both days, a required Zoom session, some prework and outside classroom work will be required to complete the training.  Utah licensees are eligible to be reimbursed for training fees once all requirements are completed.

Acupuncture is a method of treatment that has been used in China for over 3000 years for a variety of ailments. Auricular acupuncture for the treatment of addiction is a relatively recent development in the history of this ancient art. In 1972 a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong discovered that acupuncture alleviated withdrawal symptoms in opiate-dependent patients who were undergoing surgical analgesia for other disorders. Over the next twenty-five years, this treatment was extensively studied, expanded, and improved and is now used successfully in the treatment of all types of drug addictions as well as other behavioral health issues including trauma.

Benefits include reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine; minimization of withdrawal symptoms; increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation; relief from stress and emotional trauma; discovery of inner quiet and strength; easier connection with counseling; and an intention for recovery.

This training offers professionals working within their current scope of practice in Utah to become competent in the provision of the 5-Needle Protocol (5-NP) ear acupuncture. Licensed acupuncturists, physicians, chiropractors, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, substance use disorder counselors, and clinical mental health counselors are eligible to provide the 5-NP ear acupuncture under Utah HB 0195-2022. For more information see:

The training cost will be $410: $360 for the training, plus $50 for required membership at the Punk Level ( in the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA). You must join POCA at the Punk Level before you can register for any training. Some prework and outside classroom work will be required. You must complete all the pre-work, classroom training, clinical practice, meetings, and homework to attain a certificate of training as an Auricular Acu-Technician (AAT) through POCA.

Through a grant from the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Utah licensees will be reimbursed for the $410 after completing all training requirements, obtaining an AAT certificate from POCA, and submitting the certificate to Utah DOPL and the trainers.

The number of trainees is limited, so please get your application in as soon as possible.


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