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What is NADA?

NADA stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. The NADA protocol is the insertion of acupuncture needles into 5 specific points in each ear.

What is the history of NADA?

The protocol of the 5 points was developed by Michael Smith, MD at Lincoln Hospital in the late ’70s. Doctor Smith and his colleagues developed the protocol for the treatment of patients with opioid use disorder who were in a recovery program. The use of ear acupuncture for the treatment of opioid use disorder was initially developed by Doctor Wen, a Hong Kong neurosurgeon, who was using ear acupuncture for his surgical patients. The patients who were opium addicts reported decreased cravings. Doctor Wen used electro-acupuncture but Doctor Smith and his colleagues found that the electrical stimulation was not needed for the treatment to work. NADA was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1985 in the State of New York. The NADA protocol has been taught to thousands of practitioners around the world by NADA Registered Trainers.

Who can perform NADA?

…is controlled by State jurisdictions through professional licensing regulations. Each person seeking training needs to be aware of his/her local regulations. In the State of Colorado persons holding licensure or registration under the Mental Health Practice Act are eligible. Others eligible to practice the NADA protocol are licensed medical professionals.

Who can be trained?

Anyone who holds qualifying licensure or registration (as above);  anyone moving toward licensure or registration; and anyone using NADA for friends or family without remuneration. For example, someone who wants to help an ill relative.