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Welcome to the website of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association! Whether you are looking to get NADA trained as an Acu Detox Specialist, or hoping to integrate acupuncture protocol into your addictions or behavioral health program, or researching the use of acupuncture in addictions and mental health treatment, you've come to the right place.
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NADA is an Alternative to Psych Meds in Western Mass: Welcome to the Freedom Center

Guidepoints, May 2011

by Will Hall and Lee Hurter

The Freedom Center (www.freedom-center.org), a peer-led organization in Northampton, Massachusetts, run by and for people labeled with severe 'mental disorders' and people who experience extreme states, has been providing NADA treatments through their free drop-in clinic since 2006.

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.

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Membership Benefits

Being a NADA member is the best way you can support the growth, expansion and sustainability of acupuncture and the NADA ear acupuncture protocol within addictions rehabilitation, mental health/psychiatric, disaster relief, self help and peer based recovery, harm reduction and jail/prison settings.  

NADA members have for over 25 years opened the door for the integration of the NADA model into thousands of such mainstream addictions and behavioral health programs. Solely funded by membership dues, NADA exists to support its membership through education, outreach, training, and advocacy.

Being a NADA member is the best way you can support the growth, expansion and sustainability of acupuncture and the NADA ear acupuncture protocol within addictions rehabilitation, mental health/psychiatric, disaster relief, self help and peer based recovery, harm reduction and jail/prison settings.

NADA members have for over 25 years opened the door for the integration of the NADA model into thousands of such mainstream addictions and behavioral health programs.  Solely funded by membership dues, NADA exists to support its membership through education, training, outreach and advocacy. 

NADA Membership includes:

1.  Subscription to Guidepoints: News from NADA (6 issues annually)

Guidepoints is the only healthcare field publication exclusively devoted to news, funding, public policy, science, research, and the clinical practice of the NADA protocol and acupuncture in the fields of addiction, behavioral health, and disaster relief.  Available in academic libraries and databases, Guidepoints is a primary resource for educating patients and providers about "How does NADA help communities?" Members are featured regularly on their work, training and advocacy within communities abroad in international disaster relief, refugee work, community development as well as a variety of health care settings in the United States and Canada.  Click here to learn more about Guidepoints.

2.  Support with starting up and piloting NADA programs

Receive support from acupuncturists and NADA trainers in "how to" get a program started, funded and sustained.  NADA offers consultation and guidance in preparation for grant proposals and building the support you need from administrators, policy makers, health providers and regulatory agencies.  If you can't utilize your NADA training in a given region due to restrictive regulations, NADA can help you learn about inroads for your patients to receive care.

3.  Collecting outcomes, researching and assimilating data on NADA programs

As you create inroads in a healthcare system, NADA will help you find the right tools for your program to do its own research and outcomes collection.  NADA leaders have over 40 years of experience in collecting, assimilating and aggregating outcome data and interviews with patients and providers.  Guidepoints regularly publishes both qualitative and quantitative reports on NADA programs, as well as annotated bibliographies of clinical trials and research in the field.  Because many NADA programs have slim funding for data collection, Guidepoints' staff writers and editorial board will help NADA members present reports and articles to funders and administrators, helping members demonstrate how their work is helping their clients, communities and healthcare/recovery systems.

4. Learning how to sustain your NADA program

NADA will help you develop a long term plan for sustaining the NADA program you started or currently work in, be that in a disaster relief effort, a third world setting, a homeless shelter, a psychiatric hospital, or outpatient rehabilitation program.  Learn how to build a broad-based coalition of stakeholders, regional  administrators, health authorities, medical doctors, mental health and addictions recovery/consumer/advocacy groups, and policy makers to the forefront of the work you do in your community.

5. Joining regional NADA advocacy teams

NADA membership gets you plugged into providing assistance to and receiving support from NADA's regional and international legislative advocacy teams working to expand access to NADA treatment.  If you need help in overcoming bureaucratic barriers that are hampering your practice, or changing the law so that you and your colleagues can get NADA trained and start a clinic up in your community, NADA will put you in touch with NADA advocates to guide you through this process. You'll learn how to interface with legislators, policy makers, acupuncturists, medical and nursing boards and how to get your community involved in your efforts. Currently, NADA members are collaborating in drafting position papers, conducting policy research, developing film, print and media outreach materials, and mobilizing for legislative action.Click here to learn more about NADA Policy Making and Legislative Advocacy.

6.  Apprentice to become a NADA Registered Trainer

NADA Registered Trainers are the brick and mortar of the NADA movement, and being a NADA member will allow you to learn more how they conduct effective NADA trainings and how to build capacity within a community.  This is a privileged role: empowering NADA trainees to start their own clinics.  Any NADA trainee wanting to apprentice to become a NADA Registered Trainer should maintain current NADA membership status.  Many Registered Trainers are licensed acupuncturists, and in states with NADA policies, licensed acupuncturists generate income as NADA Registered Trainers.

7.  Access to the NADA member section of the acudetox.com website, including:

1. Your NADA Member profile

2. Directory of all registered trainers that provide Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist trainings

3. Directory and contact information for other NADA members who operate in NADA programs worldwide

4. US government issued guidelines and best practice manuals on addictions and behavioral treatment, including evidence informed recommendations on acupuncture

5. Summaries of research on the NADA protocol and the use of acupuncture for addictions and behavioral health, to present to patients, allied health providers, policy makers, foundations and other prospective stakeholders in your work

6. Information on NADA policies and state laws and regulations governing the practice of NADA acupuncture/acu detox, credentials required for NADA practice, state by state supervision and training requirements for Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists.

7.  NADA advocacy outreach tools, including

--How to respond to the concerns of licensed acupuncturists

--Materials for creating press releases and legislative action alerts for a given advocacy effort

8.  Other NADA membership benefits

•     Updates by email of current events and news.

•     Discounts on the annual NADA conference and the NADA bookstore.

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Questions for acupuncturists and acupuncture students about NADA membership:

Question:  I'm a licensed acupuncturist/acupuncture student and I'm not doing any NADA work or interested in doing NADA work. Why should I maintain NADA membership?

Answer:  Many licensed acupuncturists aren't interested in doing NADA work, but many still become a NADA member to receive a subscription to Guidepoints, and to support the growth of new NADA programs in places where there are no licensed acupuncturists.  The more NADA programs operating in a region, the more patients, many of whom have never received acupuncture, are being introduced to the use of acupuncture needles as a therapeutic modality.   Many addictions or mental health programs that offer NADA services do refer their patients to the private practice of a full body licensed acupuncturist when the patient is appropriate for these services, able to pay for full body acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and able to comply with treatment and dietary plans.

Other important points to remember:

Most NADA trainings include NADA membership as part of the training costs.

Any NADA-trained acupuncturist wanting to apprentice to become a NADA Registered Trainer should maintain current NADA membership status.

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