Alternatives to Opioids

Healing Support for Pain and Trauma

15 CEU/PDA Training Program

** PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel this live training. However, we are in the process of converting it into an online course. If you are interested in taking this, please sign up for our newsletter. We will send out a notice when it it finished! 


Join AWB for an important new weekend training where we take a deep dive into the opioid epidemic and explore ways to address the resulting pain, trauma and dependency with acupuncture.


Diana Fried: AWB Founder & Co-Executive Director, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Acl, Acudetox Specialist

Stephanie Lyon: Director, Opioid Crisis Initiative, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., Pharm.D.

Dr. Paula Burgess: MD, MPH, DABMA, AWB Special Guest Speaker


September 12-13, 2020: South Portland, ME – Southern Maine Community College  Canceled due to Covid-19

15 PDA/CEUS* (Approved by NCCAOM, FL, CA, TX)


Early Bird (one month before training start date)
$349 – Regular Early Bird
$329 – Discounted Early Bird (AWB Members, Students)

Standard Rates (less than one month before training start date)
$379 – Regular Rate
$359 – Discounted Rate (AWB Members, Students)

*3% processing fee for credit card payment

There is a strong link between pain, trauma, and opioid dependency. Acupuncture works effectively with all three simultaneously. As an organization focused on healing trauma, Acupuncturists Without Borders has launched a national program to address the Opioid Crisis through this specialized training and treatment protocols provided by licensed acupuncture practitioners in authorized clinical settings.

Our goal with this program is to establish at least 12 U.S. clinics in partnership with trainees of this course. At these clinics, we will seek to reduce opioid dependency, taper people off dependency (working in conjunction with physicians), and prevent some people from starting opioids, giving them an safe alternative. An important part of this program will be treating family members of those impacted by the opioid crisis. 

Our course curriculum will focus on:

  • An overview of the opioid epidemic – understanding the epidemic and the disease process
  • Challenges in treating the opioid epidemic
  • Trauma and the opioid crisis
  • Mechanisms of pain
  • Pharmacological management of pain 
  • Non-pharmacological approaches to pain management – evidence-based, non-pharmacological, integrative and self-care therapies 
  • Acupuncture’s role in the opioid epidemic 
  • AWB pain protocol (NADA plus additional ear and body points and mental/spirit indications for body points) for suggested use in clinics 
  • Understanding Chinese herb/ drug interactions and opioids
  • A discussion of use of cannabis for pain
  • Community clinic practicum
  • “Alternatives to Opioids” treatment models – integrating the treatment protocol into private practice settings, and /or existing treatment clinics, along with strategies and systems for establishing one or more of those models in your community.
  • Networking with other acupuncturists, medical professionals, hospitals and other treatment facilities, including templates of letters and teaching on how to talk to medical professionals
  • Fundraising and community outreach

Participants in this training will have the opportunity to join AWB’s Community Clinic – Opioid Response Program with benefits such as individual mentorship with Diana Fried and Stephanie Lyon, your clinic listing on our website, discounts with AWB sponsors, access to our 501(c)(3) status for possible grant partnerships and much more. Participants will also receive a comprehensive clinic manual for starting an affiliated clinic full of “how to” info, resources, research and more.  This training is a requirement to join the program.

15 CEU/PDAs (CA Category 1, FL, TX, NCCAOM) – Approval may be pending. AWB’s California acupuncture education number is 0619.

Register Online for One of our Upcoming Trainings

Note: $30 Early Bird Discount will be automatically applied at checkout for registrations at least one month before event start date.

CANCELED due to Covid-19 September 12-13, 2020 | Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Road
South Porland, ME 04106
9:00AM – 5:30PM Saturday and Sunday

If you would prefer to mail in your payment, please fill out our Opioids Training Registration Form and send with payment to:

3439 NE Sandy Blvd #304
Portland, OR 97232

Program & Curriculum Development Team

Stephanie Lyon, Director, Opioid Crisis Intiative

Stephanie Lyon, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM), Pharm.D. earned her M.S. in TCM from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in December 2004 and has completed a Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from Creighton University (2013).  She is a registered pharmacist and licensed acupuncturist in the states of Colorado and Oregon, and is a post-doctoral Fellow at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  Stephanie’s heart-centered, multi-modal, integrated and balanced approach to pain, stress, and sleep management, and other common complaints, accesses each individual’s unique needs, situations and desires in restoring health to an optimal, comfortable and fulfilling existence.  Using her unique set of modalities, these goals can be accomplished while minimizing, and potentially eliminating, the need for pharmaceuticals that are frequently prescribed to address these issues.  Currently, Stephanie works through a small critical access hospital on the Southern Oregon Coast, as both an acupuncturist and a pharmacist, with an over-riding mission in helping the local providers and community address the many issues of the opioid epidemic that is prevalent in that area.  She serves on the multi-county Opioid Task Force, and participates locally and state-wide in opioid crisis awareness, conversations, and interventions.

Paula A. Burgess, MD, MPH, DABMA, Special Guest Speaker

Dr. Paula Burgess is a Board Certified Medical Acupuncturist with a clinical practice in Austin, Texas.  She received her MD from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and subsequently practiced Emergency Medicine for 20 years before turning to a career in public health.  She has 18 years of experience in positions of scientific leadership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a medical epidemiologist and medical toxicologist.  Dr. Burgess is also actively involved in the Acupuncturists Without Borders work in the Rio Grande Valley.

Diana Fried, Founder & Co-Executive Director

Diana Fried, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist launched Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) in 2005. She has worked in disasters and underserved communities doing community acupuncture healing in many locations in the U.S. and around the world. Diana developed AWB’s Healing Community Trauma training program which has now provided training for over 6000 acupuncturists in the United States, and hundreds in other countries, on how to do mobile community service field work with acupuncture. Diana envisioned and fostered AWB’s Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) to help heal the wounds of war and heal intergenerational trauma, establishing free community clinics around the U.S. to serve active duty military, veterans and their families.

Diana Fried has many years of experience and training in emotional/trauma healing work, along with years of work in international grassroots community development (Oxfam America, Grassroots International). She graduated from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture with an M.Ac. (1999), is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist trained by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), and a certified Qigong Instructor.

Peter Goldberg, Senior Program Adivsor

Peter Goldberg, Dipl. Ac., Lic. Ac., AP. is a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) and NADA trained acupuncturist. He is licensed in Massachusetts and Florida as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Acupuncture Physician respectively. Peter holds two graduate degrees, one in Acupuncture Physical Medicine and the other in Community Health Administration. A hospice volunteer, Peter has held top administrative positions in the corporate, private and non-profit sectors, with a focus on organizational development, corporate education and training and volunteer administration.