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Acupuncture has proven to be incredibly effective in the treatment of addiction and prevention of relapse.

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Acudetox is a specific auricular (outer ear) method of acupuncture developed by Dr. Michael Smith with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and is a widely used treatment for those looking to recover from substance use disorder. It helps those in the process of detoxing from alcohol and drugs, those in early recovery, those in long-term recovery and anyone experiencing stress.

Our clients have a 99% success rate in reduction of all 5 precursors of relapse – anxiety, restlessness, racing thoughts, irritability and desire to use – after each visit. They leave feeling calmer and more rooted in their recovery.

Group auricular (outer ear) acupuncture sessions are available to women on Cape Cod multiple times a week. There is absolutely no cost to receive this life-changing treatment.

Recovery Without Walls offers acupuncture & meditation:

Every Tuesday & Thursday @ 11am.
The 1st & 3rd Monday of the month @ 6:30pm.

Location: Falmouth office at 350 Gifford Street (in Homeport)

Additional acupuncture sessions are available from:
On Mondays at the PIER Recovery Center of Cape Cod · 209 Main Street (rear entrance), Hyannis, MA, United States, Massachusetts
(508) 827-6150

On Thursdays at The Pause – Community Center for Recovery
250 Underpass Road PO Box 1973, Brewster, MA, United States, Massachusetts

Our acupuncture services are open to women in detox programs, inpatient treatment facilities and sober living houses, as well as women in the community in various stages of recovery. A number of inpatient facilities will bring women to our locations for acupuncture.

Acupuncture helps with cravings, anxiety, withdrawal & detox symptoms, Suboxone & Methadone taper and overall stress to help individuals ease into sobriety and successfully continue on their journey to recovery.

Trying acupuncture is a big step in any woman’s recovery. This act of self-love can open so many doors and help lead to a peaceful, fulfilling life in recovery. We invite you to come visit us and try acupuncture this week.

This safe, drug-free, non-addictive practice is best coupled with counseling and a 12-step program & Recovery Without Walls encourages clients to put together a comprehensive treatment plan to best facilitate their recovery.

Thanks to our donors, Recovery Without Walls’ acupuncture services are offered free of charge. We remove all financial barriers to access so that anyone can receive this tremendously effective treatment without worrying about costs or insurance.

Benefits from acupuncture & meditation based on feedback from our clients.

More About Our Method

Auricular acupuncture is done on five specific points in the ear. Each point corresponds with a different part of the body or mind and so, this method of acupuncture offers varying levels of mental and physical healing. Auricular acupuncture at these points helps detoxify the corresponding bodily systems to help reset both the body and the mind.

  • Sympathetic2

  • Shen Men (spiritual/soul gateway)

  • Kidney

  • Liver

  • Lung

Yale School of Medicine describes the points as such…
“The five points are: (1) The Autonomic Point which calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation; (2) the Shen Men or “spirit gate,” which reduces anxiety and nervousness; (3) the Kidney Point, for calming fears and healing internal organs; (4) the Liver Point for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression; and (5) the Lung Point, which promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.”3


This method of auricular acupuncture to treat addiction (also known as acudetox) was developed by the revolutionary Dr. Michael A. Smith in 1970. Dr. Smith pioneered the usage of acupuncture for this societal epidemic and truly changed the course of history for the world of addiction.

Dr. Smith’s technique quickly became a reputable and respected way of treating individuals with addictions. Dr. Smith made significant progress in bringing this treatment to the people who need it most and Recovery Without Walls is honored to be furthering this mission.

Bill Dougherty, the Executive Director of Recovery Without Walls, spoke Dr. Smith before his death. In their last conversation, the late Dr. Smith encouraged Bill to help bring this treatment to the masses and this, amongst other happenings, has fueled Bill to establish a comprehensive, multi-level acupuncture program for women in Cape Cod affected by addiction.

With Dr. Smith’s blessing, Bill is working to bring acupuncture to women in all stages of recovery to help them recover from addiction and any related trauma that may have occurred before, during or after active addiction.

Using Dr. Smith’s method, Recovery Without Walls introduced a revolutionary new community-based model for acudetox on the Cape Cod. By removing all barriers to access and making this treatment available to women in various areas of the Cape, free of charge, Recovery Without Walls has brought this incredibly effective treatment to marginalized groups of individuals to help them recover from addiction and related trauma, like abuse, assault, death and many other traumatic situations.

Recovery Without Walls, amongst countless donors and volunteers, is committed to getting this life-saving, drug-free, no-cost program to as many women as possible. If you’d like to support the cause, please contribute today.


Acupuncture is a well-established practice where trained practitioners tap tiny, virtually painless needles into designated points in the body. This technique originated in Asia thousands of years ago and is widely known to have impressive effects on the mind and body.

Acupuncture for the treatment of addiction (also known as acudetox) has been used for decades and after seeing its promising results, Dr. Michael Smith helped found the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association in 1985 to help bring acudetox to individuals and communities around the globe. Now, worldwide, thousands of substance use treatment facilities use his method of treatment and Dr. Smith himself consulted over 100 government and non-government agencies.

Acupuncture was the primary treatment for addiction in the United States until the year 2000 when insurance companies chose to stop covering this mode of healing. After 2000, the accessibility of acupuncture to treat addiction dropped drastically but it is now steadily on the rise once again thanks to increased awareness of its effectiveness in treating addiction and helping prevent relapse.

Auricular acupuncture’s proven efficacy, cost effectiveness and easy administration has made it an enticing treatment option for various organizations across the United States. Unlike pharmaceutical recovery drugs like methadone and suboxone, there are no major side effects and it is not addictive. This simple and easy practice helps individuals heal from addiction and become better members of the community.

Leading universities like Yale University and Columbia University have conducted numerous studies4, 5 proving that acupuncture can be a life-changing treatment for people dealing with addiction. Yale School of Medicine even has their own acudetox program at their Substance Abuse Treatment Unit.

The United States military also recognizes the power of acupuncture. For every morphine syringe given to combat medics, they are also given acupuncture needles. The Air Force and the U.S. Army both now have Battlefield Acupuncture programs for immediate pain relief from some of combat’s most grueling injuries.

911 responders, people affected by Hurricane Katrina6 and other survivors of traumatic events have been effectively treated with acupuncture as well.


What our satisfied clients say:

“My mind and body are 100% washed clean of negative energy, thoughts and pain.”

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“Acupuncture is really helping me save my life.”

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“I was having my worst day in treatment yet – this turned my mood, cravings and anxiety around completely.”

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About Recovery Without Walls

Recovery Without Walls is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers acupuncture and other resources to women on Cape Cod affected by addiction and related trauma.

Our services include personal recovery support and financial assistance for higher education programs, medical expenses, car repair and occasionally housing costs.

As a non-profit organization, Recovery Without Walls depends entirely on contributions.

Join us in supporting women as they rebuild their lives and become positive, empowered and involved members of the Cape Cod community.