AcuDetox Certification Program 2020

AcuDetox program is an acupuncture-based protocol that is used to treat alcoholism, substance abuse, and chemical dependency with 5 ear (auricular) acupuncture points that are manually stimulated with needle insertion.  It is offered as professional development for licensed professionals in the fields of healthcare and social work. The treatment works by releasing natural chemicals in the body that ease the symptoms of withdrawal and help fight addiction.

New Cohort Date: January 28, 2020

AcuDetox Student Application Form


The Following Professionals are eligible for training as an AcuDetox specialist:

  • Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Licensed Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors


The program is approved by the Texas medical Board. Upon completion, individuals may apply for certification through the Texas Medical Board for a fee of $52. Additional information concerning maintaining compliance with state and federal AcuDetox regulations can be found here and here


 AcuDetox 2020 Schedule 
Online Training
February 28, 2020Passwords Emailed to Students
March 2, 2020Online Training Begins
March 9, 2020Deadline to Log in to Online Training
March 31, 2020Deadline to Complete Online Training
Clinical Training Dates
April 4 to April 5, 2020
Hands-on Clinical Training (20 Hours)
May 2 to May 3, 2020Hands-on Clinical Training (20 Hours)
Clinical Training Times
Saturday 8:00am-12:00pmLunch Break 1:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday 8:00am to 12:00pmLunch Break 1:00pm-7:00pm


The 70-hour program consists of:

  • 30 hours of online instruction, which can be completed any time before the:
  • 40 hours of hands-on clinical training, which takes place over two weekends. Available at the Austin Campus only.


The overall program covers the following topics:

  • Basic Chinese Acupuncture
  • Auricular Acupuncture Theory
  • Auricular Acupuncture Points
  • Auricular Acupuncture Treatment Protocols
  • Auricular Acupuncture Addiction & Detoxification Treatments
  • AcuDetox Practice Management Ethics
  • Clean Needle Technique
  • Hands-on Acupuncture Practice
  • Review & Exam


Program Costs:

  • Tuition of $1,000 per individual
    • $200 Non-Refundable Application Fee
    • Payment plan Available: 3-time installments.  $50.00 service fee applies: Your credit card will be charged as follows:  $400, $325, $325 
  • Other costs:
    • Textbook: $80
    • Malpractice Insurance: $90
    • Clean Needle Kit: $35
    • 2 Boxes of Needles: Free
    • Electro-Acupuncture Stimulator: $120


For more information, email acudetox@thsu.edu or call 512-448-9999.