The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) auricular protocol has been proven to ease withdrawal symptoms during alcohol and drug detox.
At five specific points on the outer ear, acupuncturists trained in the NADA protocol insert fine, one-time use, sterilized stainless steel needles just under the skin. Remaining in the ear for up to an hour, clients can relax in a comfortable chair during the procedure, or in many cases, sit together with others undergoing the treatment at the same time. Other may choose a more private setting, or receive additional acupuncture therapy simultaneously.
In addition to easing withdrawal symptoms, many clients experience a reduction in cravings, lowered anxiety, more restful sleep, and mood improvement.
Some practitioners may apply seeds or beads on the point sites to provide a low level of stimulation at the end of the session which can be worn for days after treatment.
The NADA protocol was developed in the 1985 by Michael Smith, an MD and acupuncturist at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. In addition to easing withdrawal symptoms, the protocol can be used to help a wide variety of addictions and mental health issues, including emotional trauma disorders such as PTSD.
Used alone, or in conjunction with other treatment modalities, acupuncture is an evidence-based, holistic way to improve health and well-being.