Encouraging Community Wellness for Behavioral Health including Addictions, Mental Health, and Disaster & Emotional Trauma.
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association – NADA
NADA Mission Statement
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), 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.
We work to improve access and effectiveness of care through promoting policies and practices which integrate NADA-style treatment with other Western behavioral health modalities.
2019-20 Organization of the Year by
NADA Does the following
- Trains health providers in the United States and Canada to use a simple, safe and standardized ear acupuncture protocol to treat addictions, behavioral health, trauma and disaster relief.
- Provides education, consultation and assistance in establishing and sustaining ear acupuncture services within behavioral health and addiction treatment programs.
- Advocates for public policies in the United States and Canada that increase access to NADA ear acupuncture.
Developed in the 1970s at Lincoln Hospital (Bronx, N.Y.), the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol was originally used as a supportive component in drug and alcohol treatment settings. Read more about ‘the Lincoln Story.’
The 3-5 point ear acupuncture formula controlled withdrawal symptoms and helped patients become more clear-headed and comfortable.
NADA was established as a North American organization to expand training capacity and awareness of the value of acupuncture as a tool of recovery.
October 16, 1942 – December 24, 2017
Mike was the pioneer of acupuncture in addiction treatment. He figured out how to train lay people in a five-point, ear acupuncture protocol and in the mid-1980s and helped found NADA which was incorporated in 1985.
Read more about Michael Smith
NADA was established to enroll members, establish a collection of related reference materials, codify a training curriculum and develop a flexible system for registering qualified trainers and delivering trainings.
NADA has since trained more than 10,000 health professionals in North America to use the protocol, including
- social workers
- medical doctors
- outreach workers
- drug court judges
- corrections officers
- family members
- and others.