At any rate, Addiction Inbox looks at a recent study of acupuncture for opiate detox and an article in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research reviews studies of acupuncture for alcohol dependence. Not good.
Acupuncture for detox was a hot trend in the mid 1990s. I have vague memories of it be promoted by NIDA or SAMHSA but I couldn’t find a reference to it. Maybe my memory is failing me. Feel free to send me a reference if you know of one.