Mar 21, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019

Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
Austin, Texas

National NADA Conference in Austin, TX

The Spirit of NADA Rises

Keynote Speaker

NADA is pleased to host John Weeks for the keynote address at our upcoming national 2-day conference.

Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer whose work in the movement for integrative health and medicine began in 1983. Since 2016  he has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and is also an advisory board member for the organization, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US).

John Weeks has followed the developments within NADA as an organization and movement since its early days. He shared a poignant and thoughtful article on Michael Smith’s passing which underscores the essence of Michael Smith’s approach: “If you want to empower patients, just put more patients than providers in the room.”

Weeks will be speaking on the morning of Friday, March 22, 2019.

Schedule of Events


Sun, March 17- Sat, March 23

Acudetox Specialist Training (includes the 2-day conference) starts at 9am on Sunday, March 17.

Thursday, March 21

9-11am: Remembering Mike
We start our conference activities with a commemorative event honoring NADA’s founder, Michael Smith. This event is free and open to all
11am-5pm: Take Action: An Afternoon of Community & Theater
11am-5pm: Registered Trainer’s Professional Development Day
1-3pm: Aromatherapy for Self-Care and Well-Being:
6-8pm: Opening Reception (including live music!)

Friday, March 22

First day of the conference

7:30-8:30am: Registration
8:30am:  Conference begins
Lunch and two refreshment breaks provided during the day
6pm: Conference day ends

Saturday, March 23

Second day of the conference

7:30-8:30am: NADA Annual Meeting
8:30am: Conference begins
Lunch and one refreshment break provided
Screening of the Video Contest Winning Film at lunch
Conferring of the Acudetox Specialist Training Completions at the close of the day
5pm:  Conference day ends

More Presentations

The detailed program of presentations will be uploaded to this page one month prior to the meeting.

We have applied for Continuing Education Credits for all listed events with: NASW, NAADAC, NCCAOM, California Acupuncture Board, Florida Acupuncture Board and Taylor College (for all nurses).


On-line registration for the Conference is at the bottom of this page.
Prefer to fill out a registration form? 2019 Conference Registration – Fillable.
Save $50 if you register for the conference before February 22, 2019. Rates for the conference increase by an additional $25 and $10 for the Thursday workshops when registering onsite.

Pre Conference Training

March 17 – 23

Earn an Acudetox Specialist (ADS) Certificate of Training.

Learn the simple ear-needling technique and how to integrate it into addiction, behavioral health and disaster response treatment settings. You will gain practical clinical experience at one or more local programs.

Apply early – this event always fills up.

NADA Registered Trainer’s Day

March 21st

This is a 5-hr professional development workshop for NADA Registered Trainers and NADA RT applicants.  Lunch included.

The event is free but we need you to register to confirm attendance.

Take Action: An Afternoon of Community & Theater

Mar 21, 2019

A 5-hr workshop that will engage participants in using games and activities from the Theater for Social Change tradition, this workshop will explore outreach and advocacy themes within the NADA movement. This is a participatory workshop – and no prior acting skills needed.

Aromatherapy for Self-care and Well-being

Mar 21, 2019 | 1-3pm

An Integrative Tool for Healthcare Providers at the Workplace.  Aromatherapy, through the use of essential oils, has been shown to mitigate perceived occupational stress with some healthcare providers, contributing positively to feelings of well-being.

Conference Location

Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
710 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas

Make a Hotel Reservation
Discounted room rate ends on February 22, 2019, at 5:00 pm CST.


Volunteers are needed for this event. To thank you for your help with this event, volunteers will receive a discounted registration price. Available to current members. Call if you need to renew. 

Volunteer Information and Registration here.


(888) 765-6232 |


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non-members - early bird $400.00
Members - early bird $295.00
Senior - early bird $250.00
Student - early bird $250.00