Acupuncture for Addictions

Auricular Acupuncture for Drug Addiction

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, NADA, was established in 1985 to promote the NADA protocol acupuncture treatment for addiction. The non-profit organization promotes advocacy and the use of a non-verbal, pharmaceutical free approach to behavioral health.

The protocol uses five specific acupuncture points on the ear to treat addiction and to be an alternative to methadone.

The NADA protocol is slightly different from full body acupuncture treatments. The treatment usually involves Auricular acupuncture which is needling in both of the patient’s ears for about 30 minutes.

The treatment is also carried out in a group setting allowing for support for those being treated as they recover from addiction.

Clients are treated in a quiet, peaceful room. Each Client gets the exact same treatment. Group treatment is emphasized to address feelings of denial and create an open, safe environment.

Those in recovery from addiction commonly report feeling an improved sense of purpose and well being after treatment.

Acupuncture is known for its relaxing benefits, which is especially helpful for those in recovery. Clients are able to destress in their treatment process which helps them continue to make progress.

Acupunture for Alcohol Addiction

Most common benefits of the NADA protocol include:

  • Improved retention of rehabilitation programs
  • Better mood and outlook
  • Less anxiety
  • Less cravings
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced need for prescription medication

There are many factors that come to play in addiction treatment.


The NADA protocol is about more than just acupuncture, but really about being a step in a sometimes long road to recovery.

Along with counselling, support groups and/or 12-step programs, the NADA protocol can help make recovery easier and more successful.

My own experience using NADA protocol was with St Domincs Community Response Project and Tallaght Probation Project where we  provided NADA protocol for drug abuse and stress reduction for family members effected by addiction.

If you would like to explore this treatment for yourself or for a group you manage we can have a chat if you book an Exploration Call here

I have included some links so that you can continue with some more research NADA



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