Our NADA Training

What happens in our National Acupuncture Detoxification Association training to become an Acudetox Specialist?

Our NADA training is comprised of the three day training; attendance at a self-help group like AA/NA/ALANON etc. with a written description of your experience; and, completion of 40 supervised treatments. Topics to be covered can be seen at the end of this information sheet.

There are four times during the three-day training where you, the trainees, invite family/friends to come and be your volunteers. The more people you recruit – the closer you are to getting your certificate. If you are not from the area you may have trouble recruiting volunteers. We usually can’t use patients at treatment facilities where we do the trainings because of the “trainee” status. We have found in the trainings we have done the most practice trainees get done in the training is 18-20 people.

After this, any NADA trained Acudetox Specialist can supervise you doing others in the community for you to complete your 40 treatments. This can be the Registered Trainers from the training or others in the community who have completed the training and have a NADA certificate of training. Our training experience is that you will realize you need to practice many times on “non-patients” to really feel comfortable doing it on clients/patients.

We meet from 9:00-5:00 daily Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will take breaks and lunch breaks. Please wear comfortable, professional clothing as we will be moving around and providing ear treatments during the training itself. Please wear closed-toed shoes due to the risk of falling needles and avoid low cut blouses and cumbersome jewelry. We provide all the supplies for the training event.

If you are a licensed acupuncturist, you will receive 20 PDA’s through NCCAOM.  Other professionals have had success in submitting their ADS certificate and receiving credit. You will receive a Continuing Education Unit certificate upon completion of the three days and you will become associate members of the NADA. Your application fee/first year membership is included in the training fee.

In order to become an Acudetox Specialist (ADS) and receive the NADA certificate of training completion you will need to:

  • read the NADA manual (which we will provide)
  • attend a 12-step meeting (AA/NA/CA/ALANON/CODA, etc) and submit a brief summary of your experience. You can also do this prior to the training.
  • perform 40 supervised treatments. We will review this and the ways to meet those requirements in class.

On the first day you will be needling each other.  We will be doing twice daily treatment sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Please recruit people to come get treatments (family, friends) so that you have ears to practice on. The times for volunteers to come will be at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

This course is given by National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Registered Trainers.  The following areas are addressed as part of the NADA curriculum.

  • The NADA Acudetox Protocol
    • Auricular Acupuncture for Addictions and Behavioral Health
    • Acudetox based Treatment Model
  • Learning the NADA 5-Point Protocol
    • Point descriptions and Locations
    • Technique mastery
    • Trial Treatments and Clinical Experience
    • Ear Seeds/Beads/Sleep Mix Tea
  • Learning the NADA Protocol
    • Partnership with clients
    • Communal Treatment Approach/Effects
    • Boundaries and Self Care
    • Creating the therapeutic atmosphere
    • Informed consent and Client information
    • Documentation: Reports and Record Keeping
  • The Nature of Addiction and Recovery
    • Models for Understanding Addictions and Behavioral Health and Recovery
    • Treatment Models
    • Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances
  • Public Health and  Regulatory Concerns
    • Exposure Control/ Safety
    • NADA clean needle technique
  • Research and Acudetox
    • Trends and Outcomes
    • Future uses in the treatment of Addictions and Behavioral Health disorders
  • Integration and Sustainability in Addictions and Behavioral Health
    • Applications and Outcomes
    • Integration with the treatment Milieu
    • Integration at a Systems Level
    • Program Sustainability
  • Oriental Medicine in the context of Addictions and Behavioral Health and Treatment
    • Oriental Medicine as Related to Behavioral Health and Recovery
    • “Empty Fire” and Crisis management
  • Client Management Issues and Strategies
    • Special Populations: Understanding needs and the role of Acudetox in the recovery process
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
    • ADS Code of Ethics
    • Confidentiality/ HIPPA
    • Consent to Treatment
    • Compliance with all Federal, State and Local regulations
    • Supervision