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NADA Protocol for the Pandemic – Returning to In-person Treatment

NADA Protocol

The NADA Protocol can be easily used in any location where a group of people can sit together. It is most commonly used for addictions, behavioral health, disasters & emotional trauma. It is a technique that is versatile, effective and economical.


A variety of  Healthcare Practitioners and Community Members have been trained as Auricular Detox Specialists (ADS)  including addiction workers, acupuncturists, community health workers, social workers, and family members.


We have a robust resource section full of research articles, videos, eligibility requirements for training, and more. Joining NADA will open up access to all past issues of our newsletter, Guidepoints, as well as other documents.

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The Spirit of NADA creates a zone of peace within
so patients can begin to experience their
own inner strengths.  ~ Michael Smith

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Remembering John Ackerman

Remembering John Ackerman

By Ruth Ackerman John Ackerman, an early practitioner and advocate of the NADA protocol, died August 2, 2020 after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia in Santa Barbara, California. Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, John completed his undergraduate studies at the...

NADA Full Circle: Looking Back into the Future (Part 1 Recording)

NADA Full Circle: Looking Back into the Future (Part 1 Recording)

Setting the Scene: How was Lincoln Detox Possible at Lincoln Hospital? In March 2021 NADA hosted the first event of its 2021 History Series. The event was moderated by Eana Meng and featured speakers Miguel "Mickey" Melendez (We Took the Streets) and Johanna Fernández...

Cherokee Healer Who Touched Many Lives: Arlo Orian Starr

Cherokee Healer Who Touched Many Lives: Arlo Orian Starr

By Phyllis Spears Some individuals come into our lives and change it, change us. We don’t even know or feel this change happening, it’s so subtle. We are encouraged, opened up, asked to take a leap of faith. So, in spite of our fear or struggle, we do it! And we begin...




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