Acudetox Program (NADA ear acupuncture)

Click here to view the NADA Ear acupuncture clinic directory for the borderlands, offering addictions and stress management support as a prevention service.

Click here to find out about our upcoming training schedule.

What is NADA?

“NADA stands for National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. This is a non-profit organization that was established to support the uptake of the ear acupuncture protocol that now bears its name.

The protocol itself was created back in the 1970s, by a psychiatrist named Michael Smith, at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx section of New York City. Smith, alongside other physicians and community activists, modified an ear protocol used in China for pain relief and opiate withdrawal to develop the NADA protocol.

The NADA model of care originally was designed to aid the detox process for heroin and methadone addicts. But over the past three decades, the five-point protocol has been adapted for use in a variety of community health settings. In addition to aiding addiction recovery, the NADA protocol is used to support smoking cessation, weight loss, and generalized stress and anxiety. Psychiatric programs use the NADA protocol to help people who are coming off medications.” (Ryan Bemis, AcuTake)

Read more on AcuTake.

Crossroads’ NADA Training Program

Crossroads offers NADA training through Ryan Bemis, Executive Director and NADA Registered Trainer.  The training is a 70 hour didactic+intern program and meets requirements for state certification for over 20 states including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.  See our upcoming training schedule here.

Crossroads Acupuncture, a 501-c-3 organization has trained over a 130 people in Acudetox since 2011, and has helped communities in the border region provide over 60,000 treatments. After training, we support students up until NM certification, including support for completing a 40 hour supervised internship.

Supervision and Support offered by Crossroads

Crossroads offers supervision and support for acudetox programs, including research, policy consultation, and technical/ clinical support. Email for more information 

Who can take the training?

Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners Counselors, therapists, psychologists and addictions providers Harm reduction, syringe exchange workers and health promoters Humanitarian aid workers/first responders

Who does Crossroads work with?

Groups we have partnered with include St. Luke’s Health Clinic at the Community of Hope, Families and Youth, INC, UNM Hospitals, Alianza in Las Cruces, UNM, the Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Juarez and Tarahumara, Desert Pride Academy for at-risk youth in Anthony, NM, La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe,  small farming projects in Nicaragua and Native American community health programs in New Mexico, Mexico, and Guatemala.  In addition we work with several other self-help based free clinics serving both the general public and also people in situations of violence and human rights abuses.

Testimonies from our students

“Ryan Bemis and Crossroads Acupuncture offer an amazing auricular acupuncture course and NADA certification. The class was bilingual which added greatly to the overall experience. Ryan’s presentation was evidence-based and highly engaging. The prep material laid the groundwork for an exceptional learning experience. I was fortunate to complete my internship in Mexico. I count this training as one of the best clinical experiences of my career. As a social worker, I gained deeper insights into cultural humility and the strengths-based perspective discussed in my academic training. Ryan is an excellent teacher, trainer, and social justice warrior.”  – Suzanne Stern Brant

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