Acudetox (often called “the NADA protocol”) is a simple-yet-powerful way to support you while you’re going through a major transition. Originally brought to the United States by Puerto Rican and African-American community organizers to treat drug addiction in their community, it has since been found to be highly effective in treating trauma. It has been offered in New York for many years after 9/11, in New Orleans ever since hurricane Katrina, and in global war zones, scenes of mass shootings/violence, and disaster situations around the world, from Haiti to Sri Lanka, Palestine to Ciudad Juárez, and more recently, Orlando and Syrian-refugee camps in Greece.
The NADA protocol isn’t only for addiction recovery, PTSD, or trauma. It can help a great deal with stress, insomnia, cravings, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, and more. It promotes relaxation, well-being, and helps the body to heal itself. Using just five needles in each ear, the treatment is quick, safe, and convenient to administer in almost any location.
In the summer of 2006, after 10 months of working in public health clinics which hosted Acupuncturists Without Borders doing acudetox for Katrina survivors and relief workers, I saw how well my patients responded to this simple and powerful treatment. So, I went to the south Bronx to study the protocol in an out-patient detox center, supported by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. (That is the organization which codified the protocol in the early 1970s, after which the NADA protocol was named.) Four years later, NADA held their annual conference in Louisiana, during which I became a nationally-registered trainer of the NADA protocol.