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NADA Visionary Alex Brumbaugh Passed Away 5/29/2013

Alex Brumbaugh, who has recently contributed 4 articles to Guidepoints, passed away on May 29, 2013. Click here to read his obituary. The July issue of Guidepoints will be a tribute issue to Alex and his landmark work in the fields of addiction and acupuncture.

2013 Video Contest Winner!

Martika Harris from Tucson, AZ is this year's conference video contest winner. We had the privilege of watching her short film at the conference banquet in Denver, CO. We hope you enjoy her film as much as we did.



NADA Book Club: 12/2/2012

Join us for our second NADA book club this coming Sunday 12/2 at 4pm EST / 1pm PST. We are continuing our discussion of Alex Brumbaugh's book, Transformation and Recovery.

2013 Conference Video Contest!

{jcomments on}Enter to win free conference registration, free hotel accommodations, and $300 towards travel expenses for the 2013 NADA Conference in Denver, Colorado!

Submit a short video to NADA (no more than 3 minutes long) sharing your story or perspective on the conference theme, "Fostering Community Resilience and Healing" with the NADA protocol. The winning video will be featured at the conference banquet on Friday May 2, 2013 and be available for viewing on the NADA website.

For more information, go to the NADA 2013 conference page.

Join GoodSearch!

We'd like to celebrate a NADA rockstar - Yiara Blanco. She is in Connecticut, and to date {jcomments on}she has helped raise $19 through the search engine GoodSearch for NADA. This is half of the total amount raised, and there are currently 42 people registered with GoodSearch.

Every time you search the web, if you use GoodSearch, a penny will be donated to NADA. This is so easy!!!! Click here to register: www.goodsearch.com

From Yiara:
"My secret is no secret at all. I have made goodsearch my homepage at my work computer, home computer and even on my phone. So every time I have to search something, instead of google being my search page, I use GoodSearch.

"Also, I do a fair amount of shopping on-line, and the goodshop area makes it easy. I look for the store, click on shop now and they give a percentage of what I buy to NADA. I'm going to buy these things anyway, so I go through goodshop and money goes to a cause I support! Now with holidays coming around, this is going to increase even more as I look for flyers, compare prices and do some more on-line shopping. Our NADA colleagues could also use this time to jump on the Goodsearch wagon!
"I do what I can for the cause I believe in...and NADA is something I have seen in action and truly believe in! By the way, thanks for the information on the NADA associates in Puerto Rico, I am actually going to present our experience with the protocol at the Psychology Convention in November."

Join www.goodsearch.com!!!!

Dr. Michael Smith in Michigan 3/10/12

Special Seminar with Dr. Michael Smith, NADA founding chairperson

Saturday March 10, 2012
Great Lakes Grill Conference Room
817 E State Street (US 23)
Cheboygan, Michigan

Hear how using acupuncture can reduce cravings for alcohol and drugs, reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improve sleep, when used along with traditional counseling and self-help groups.

Cost: $15.00 - Includes lunch buffet / speech / acupuncture

To reserve a ticket: email Marilyn Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (231) 268-3381.

US Dep. Justice evaluation of evidence on NADA

The US Department of Justice BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, together with the American University's School of Public Affairs in DC, have published a review of evidence regarding the use of NADA as an adjunct treatment within addictions programs.

Click here to download the full document:

Effectiveness of Acupuncture as an Adjunct to Substance Abuse Treatment: Summary of Recent Research Findings


Surviving genocide through NADA capacity building in Burma

"Life in the midst of genocide...

Compassion in action...

and the journey to a free mind"

--from On the Borderline: Surviving Genocide in Burma, a radio documentary on the NADA program "DARE" on the Burma/Thai border.

Please consider donating and spreading the word about DARE through Global Giving so ongoing training and capacity building can allow other local refugee workers can learn the NADA skill: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/?rf=ggWidget

Thank you Pam Rogers for your commitment for this community, and congratulations in this 10 year anniversary of your program's birth.  Their 2010 DARE Network Annual Report offers a glimpse at a NADA program that has been able to sustain itself throughout the years in a challenging context.

Right now we are requesting international affiliates to share program reports, pilot data and other outcome data to be assimilated and shared with the larger NADA community.  If your NADA program, in the US or abroad, would like to share their data, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BMJ editorial: The need for real world NADA research

In this September 2011 editorial in a British Medical Journal affiliate publication, David Cowan from London South Bank University dives head first into the methodological problems with laboratory-style research on NADA and proposes some simple ideas on how researchers can more effectively investigate how NADA works within a real world treatment program. 
This is a must read for NADA members, acupuncture students and researchers.

Here is the link to the abstract:


Interested in getting involved with NADA research teams?

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Michael Smith visits the Big Island

NADA trainer Megan Yarberry writes of her visit with Dr. Michael O. Smith on Hawaii on her blog through the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii where she is an Academic Dean and faculty member. Follow her blog as she returns to Kenya for more NADA trainings.

Free NADA Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

{jcomments on}The Austin Oriental Medicine Academy (AOMA) is offering free NADA treatments in Austin next week in honor of the Great American Smokeout which is on Thursday 11/17. Thank you for this great service, AOMA!

Click here to read their press release

See more comments about this event on our Facebook page.

Get to know Katurah Bryant

Check out this article that was published in the first Connecticut Mental Health Center's online newsletter featuring 2012 conference co-chair, NADA trainer and Board treasurer, Katurah Bryant.

NADA is thrilled to go to New Haven, CT for the 2012 conference which will be held on the campus of Yale University. Online registration for the conference will be available starting 12/1/2011.

Caregivers Explore Acupuncture

Caregivers Explore Acupuncture—“Resilience is Inherited”!


Members of the Daughters & Sons Support Group at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in New York City met with Acupuncturist Wendy Henry (LAc, ACA) to learn about stress releasing techniques and experience acupuncture in a group setting.   The mission of “Daughters & Sons” is to provide support for people whose parents... (Read more)

Advocacy for NADA Hungary

{jcomments on}At the NADA Euro conference in Dublin we learned that non-medical NADA specialists in Hungary are at risk of losing the ability to provide ear acupuncture treatments based on a law being drafted by an association of medical professionals. Participants of the NADA Euro conference drafted and signed an open letter to the Hungarian government which was published online on Oct 1 in one of the main Hungarian newspapers. Look for an update on the effect of this letter in the November issue of Guidepoints. Click on title to read more...

Controlled trial on NADA protocol for Seven Common Health Symptoms

North Carolina researchers found that the NADA protocol in addition to standard addictions care yielded statistically significant improvement in cravings, depression, anxiety, anger, body-aches, concentration and fatigue on a 10-point Likert scale, as published in Medical Acupuncture in August 2011.  The trial was conducted at the Mecklenburg County Substance Abuse Services Center (SASC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Please stay tuned to Guidepoints: News from NADA for an upcoming feature series on the use of NADA within hospital, addictions as well as community wellness programs throughout North Carolina.

Copies of the study can be purchased through Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 


Spanish NADA literature and trainers needed

We are currently needing assistance from NADA Registered Trainers (RT's) and members with Bilingual English/Spanish skills.

1--If you are interested in volunteering to help with trainings in Latin American this coming year...


2--If you have NADA training materials or educational materials translated into Spanish...

...email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Your help is greatly appreciated!


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