Our Steering Group
Acudetox Plus UK is governed by a steering group all of whom have a particular interest in Auricular acupuncture or in the treatment of substance misuse. The members represent various local drug and alcohol projects, trainers and service users in a voluntary capacity.
Our Mission Statement
We aim to train people in auricular acupuncture to a high professional standard without prejudice. This training will supply transferable and sustainable skills which will have a positive impact for both the individual and the wider community.
What Makes Acudetox Plus UK Unique
We prioritise the training of service users. Many of the people we have trained have gone on to develop very successful ear acupuncture services and a number have gone on to find full time employment as drug workers
We Introduced Ear Acupuncture to Poland. In March 2008 we went to Krakow and trained twenty-one people (some of them service users) in auricular acupuncture. Prior to this, ear acupuncture was not available in Poland. People came from a number of cities throughout Poland. The training was very enthusiastically received and was much appreciated.
We plan to make this an annual event whereby we will reassess those we have trained and offer training to new workers. With the kind help of Oxford Medical Supplies, (who are our suppliers and we always recommend them to the people we have trained), we supply ear needles to projects in Poland, where there is a lack of funding for such things.
In November 2011, Acudetoxplus UK sent two trainers to Kathmandu in Nepal to train a group of people at the Ric-Rose Rehab on the outskirts of the city. Ear acupuncture was until then unheard of in that country and we successfully trained 22 people in Stage 1. Thanks to the generosity of Balance Healthcare we supplied them with enough needles for several thousand treatments as well as sharp bins and magnets.
Since 2003, Acudetoxplus UK has trained 130 people in Stage 1, 52 people in Stage 2 Stimulants, 36 people in Stage 2 Hep C and 6 people in Stage 3 covering not only Bristol but Bath, Swindon, Weston-Super-Mare, Devizes and South Wales.