by Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)
As an acupuncturist, I have used the NADA protocol for controlling nicotine addiction, drug and alcohol dependency and sexual addiction on hundreds of patients, all with reasonable to great results. Not to mention great results with stress reduction.
The NADA protocol is simple, yet quite effective. Drug, alcohol and tobacco addictions are major problems that affect tens of millions of people in America. This is not just a problem in America, but is occurring worldwide.
The addition of acupuncture into the treatment for addiction seems to be very beneficial, and almost the single ingredient that helps the protocol succeed. There are numerous benefits for patients by using this protocol:
1. The protocol is calming.
2. The patients are more receptive to leaning.
3. It seems to clear the mind. It centers one’s attention and allows patients to complete tasks.
4. It helps to reduces cravings.
5. It diminishes symptoms of withdrawal.
6. It helps to retain people in the treatment process.
7. Sleep is improved.
8. A person changes and becomes more comfortable with himself (or herself).
9. It improves the internal space of a person.
10. This treatment supports the recovery process.
A Brief History of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Addiction
Understanding the principles of both Chinese medicine and chemical dependency can lead to significant benefit in recovery from all forms of drug addiction as well as alcoholism and a variety of mental disorders. NADA protocols, especially designed for this type of treatment, have been carefully developed and extensively tested. More than 500 clinical sites in the US, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean currently utilize these protocols, even in settings where threats of violence had previously made it difficult to serve clients. While adapted to Western attitudes and conditions, the NADA method derives directly from Chinese medicine theory of detoxification.
In 1972 a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, H.L. Wen, discovered that acupuncture could relieve symptoms and cravings associated with drug withdrawal. Because of its effectiveness in relieving symptoms as well as preventing relapses, his discovery gained more and more popularity and was used in hospitals and detox centers throughout the US. 1985 an official protocol was developed and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was formed. The protocol involved using five specific acupuncture points on the ear. In August of 2000, Yale University School of Internal Medicine conducted research further demonstrating the effectiveness of the NADA protocol for cocaine, heroin and methadone addiction.
It is my highest recommendation, that you seek out an acupuncturist to perform this protocol.
I have included the NADA protocol points on the ear that are used in the session and are done with tiny little needles that are inserted into these points. I also recommend that patients can certainly use some light massage on these points to stimulate these areas.
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Treatment Protocol
Lung 2 – addiction related lung issues
Shen Men – stress, anxiety, excessive sensitivity
Sympathetic (Autonomic) Point – balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, blood circulation
Liver – hepatitis, cirrhosis
Kidney – kidney disorders, urination issues