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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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Acupuncture Helps Programs More Than Patients

Acupuncture Helps Programs More Than Patients

NADA Conference, May 1993 Michael 0. Smith, M.D., D.Ac. Director, Substance Abuse Division (Lincoln Hospital) Read the full presentation. ACUPUNCTURE HELPS PROGRAMS MORE THAN PATIENTS

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...




Trauma and Addictions

Disaster Response

The Guidepoints digital newsletter is the only publication devoted to the sharing and dissemination of our NADA work on an international scale.

We publish news in the field relating to advocacy and research developments, share emerging clinical practices, and provide profiles of programs that have implemented NADA services in an innovative and accessible way.

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