Thousands of behavioral health treatment and criminal justice programs worldwide offer ear acupuncture using the NADA protocol to support the treatment and recovery process as well as disaster/trauma response interventions. NADA strives to make acudetox-based, barrier-free behavioral health treatment accessible in all communities and to ensure its integration with other treatment modalities. Participants in the NADA training through AOMA can accrue their clinical experience in area treatment centers. To receive a NADA Acudetox Specialist certificate of training completion, trainees will have to document completion of additional homework, 12 step meeting attendance and 40 supervised treatments.
Addiction/mental health treatment professionals, Western medical and Oriental medical practitioners may learn the NADA protocol in 70 hours, divided into didactic and clinical experiences. This three-day training towards certificate provides a mixture of both. Texas law allows for the following licensed professionals to cross-train as Certified Acu Detox Specialists to treat “substance abuse” under supervision: Social Workers, Nurses, Counselors (LCDCs, LPCs), and Psychologists. Participants in the NADA training through AOMA will receive their 40 hours of clinical experience in area treatment centers and community clinics.
Claudia Voyles, LAc brings compassion and humor to her work. She believes passionately in making acupuncture and other alternative medicine accessible to the community. Claudia promotes ear acupuncture for behavioral health and trauma (“acudetox”) through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). She trains other acupuncturists and addiction and mental health providers in NADA-style treatment methods and has published numerous articles and essays on the subject.