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Acupuncture Detoxification

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) is a not-for-profit training and advocacy organization, encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. NADA works to improve access and effectiveness of care through promoting policies and practices which integrate NADA-style treatment with other Western behavioral health modalities.

NADA trains health providers to use a simple, safe, and standardized ear acupuncture protocol to treat addictions, behavioral health, trauma, and disaster relief. They also provide education, technical support and assistance in establishing and sustaining ear acupuncture services within behavioral health and addiction treatment programs. They also advocate for public policies that increase access to NADA ear acupuncture.

Information on National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

Use of the NADA model shows:
  • Reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine
  • Minimized withdrawal symptoms
  • Increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation
  • Relief from stress and emotional trauma
  • An easier connection with counseling
  • A discovery of inner quiet and strength
  • An intention for recovery
  • A 2013 Summary of Research compiled by NADA lists many studies that show significant positive impacts.
  • This 2016 blog on "What Really Works in Drug Detox?" provides a valuable summary and includes a 22-minute video produced by the John Marshall Law School as part of their program on Restorative Justice.

Who can be trained by NADA?
  • Addictions & harm reduction counselors
  • Mental health therapists & social workers
  • Correctional officers & drug court personnel
  • Disaster relief teams and trauma support center staff
  • First responders, health promoters, nurses, and EMTs
  • Acupuncturists, medical doctors