The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, developed during an era of surging opiate use and addiction, is known as a cost-effective means to quickly reach and help treat populations that are often considered the most difficult to treat.
This 2016 review by Stuyt & Voyles is drawn from a range of small positive studies that offer testimony, “perhaps more appropriate to the reality of NADA practice today” of effectiveness for supportive intervention. NADA protocol, which the author defines as a “psychosocial intervention used to augment other treatments,” is based in concepts foundational to the fields of neuroscience (as related to transcutaneous auricular stimulation), ear acupuncture, Auriculotherapy and Auricular Medicine.
The achievement of powerful positive outcomes with the difficult to treat populations surrounding addiction (often also related to trauma), opens the world of even greater healthcare advancements beyond protocol — especially for mental health professionals
CIAM | Editor’s note: The Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine offers training in Auricular Methods — which go beyond the NADA protocol and do not require licensure as a doctor or physician to apply (e.g. applications for improved effectiveness without the use of needles). See continuing education options for nursing and mental health professionals.