WHAT IS THE "NADA PROTOCOL"?
(According to www.AcuDetox.com)
Individuals trained through NADA apply up to five fine-gauge, sterilized, one-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin at designated points in each ear. The needles remain there 30-45 minutes. Ordinarily, groups of people sit together while undergoing the treatment, private sessions are also common. The procedure functions as either an adjunct within a comprehensive treatment program that offers other therapeutic elements including counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, and supportive medical health care, or as a form of detoxification treatment for a wide variety of addictions, emotional disharmonies, and weight loss.
Clients in all types of treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, incarcerated, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach can utilize this treatment. It is safe for children and women who are pregnant. Among the benefits reported by both clients and clinicians are improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for dependency of pharmaceuticals.
The NADA protocol is also commonly referred to as: acudetox, acupuncture detoxification, five point ear acupuncture protocol, five point protocol, 5NP.
Beyond the actual needling treatment, a key element of the protocol specifies qualities of behavior and attitude on the part of the clinician, consistent with what is known as the Spirit of NADA.
WHAT IS THE “SPIRIT OF NADA?”
Since the NADA Protocol works by mobilizing the existing internal resources of a person, every aspect of a clinician's interaction with persons in need is to help them help themselves. Opening access to the treatment itself comes first. This occurs through eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic, socio-economic and environmental barriers to starting a program of recovery. The next task is to create a zone of peace within which patients can begin to experience their own inner strengths. Finally, and in respect to the other aspects, it is kept simple and unintrusive. This allows for every individual body to begin healing on its own terms and conditions.