Vol. 5 No. 1 January 2016 

Why Treat the Syrian Refugees with AcuDestress?
bt Brian C. Bailey M.D. AcuDestress founder

SUMMARY: Some of you may know that I’ve put forward AcuDestress to treat the mental health challenges of the Syrian refugees coming to Canada. Does this seem odd to you as someone who’s been an AcuDestress recipient? The article below compliments this web page and further explains our unique offer. AcuDestress may just be one of a few an ideal ways to treat a culturally and religiously heterogeneous, Arabic-speaking group of people who have already been thorough so much to get where they are - to Canada where Arabic is hardly spoken, where expertise in treating PTSD is much less than has been broadly assumed by the general public and where our national approach to our own heterogenous population’s diversity has been to create subtle but impenetrable linguistic barriers to cooperation between the English majority and the French minority. In this article I open the archive of our experience designing and fine-tuning the Young Canadian Leadership Challenge, (pictured on the left is a team of six Canadian girls from 10-19 years of age compete against another team in February 2005) to get their Ropes Course “chariot” from one end of our parking lot to the other under icy winter conditions. What do these two approaches have in common? Each of the two empowers people who do not naturally get along - to find out how they can. 

AcuDestress has been on the scene on Ottawa since 1995 as a way of  getting stressed-out patients who were “stuck” - failing to thrive, to move forward in an evolutionary direction despite medications or psychological treatment being available which worked for other people but not for the “stuck” ones. Had there not been these unexpected failures to get expected results, AcuDestress would never have entered the scene. Psychotherapists are not prone to “switch horses in midstream” because we have a lot of our self image invested in what we already do. 

We’ll Try New Things Unless We’re Attached to What We are Already Doing

Really, it would probably  have been the same for the ear acupuncture approach from which it derived, had it not been for the fact that its originator was just starting his career and had no “vested interests” in any approach over any other.  Dr. Michael O. Smith’s AcuDetox - implanted in New York City’s Lincoln Hospital in 1974 when the 3-5 year methadone program for heroin addiction just seemed too long to a young psychiatrist who wanted to move things along. Smith’s end result was an 85% success rate while the existing addiction community hadn’t gotten results much over 30% - and even poorer results with young addicts. But this approach, even if it worked - was very different - nothing to instil confidence  except for the blatant evidence that it did work. 

Even though Dr. Smith had been invited to share his expertise with the addiction personnel at the major Toronto hospitals in 1990,  which establish AcuDetox at the three major Toronto hospitals within a few years, it really remained until 2001 when disaster struck in New York City that his approach became better known abd more widely embraced. 

The Lincoln Hospital, close to ground zero of the World Trade Center disaster, threw its doors open to a stressed, overwhelmed, under-serviced community - in shock. People with acupuncture pins in their ear began to recover in ways the very developers of the program never considered before, without a single word of psychotherapy needed (or allowed.)  Is this already seeming like something that a group of non-English, non-French-speaking people whose native land has been war torn for years and who have been displaced from their homes and extended families for several years in many cases - might benefit from?              Read more ...