Acudetox Specialist

Certification as a NADA Acudetox Specialist

For Addictions, Mental Health, Trauma and Community Healing



A no-nonsense, non-verbal, no-drug pharmaceutical free, and barrier-free approach to behavioural health.



Acudetox, a five point ear acupuncture protocol for recovery.



A not-for-profit training and advocacy organization.


NADA Training Overview

The Acudetox Specialist/Practitioner Certificate includes training in the NADA 5 Ear-Acu-Point Protocol, and is used to support those with Addictions, Trauma, Mental Health Conditions, Stress & Anxiety. (NADA: National Acupuncture Detoxification Association).

*Acupuncture experience is not necessary for this training.

Our unique training includes a trauma informed, anti-oppressive approach and practices.

Tuition: $650 + HST (includes training and evaluation. If participants require additional on-site supervision of practicum hours, additional fees may be required).

Plus $85 US ($55 US for Students with I.D., and Seniors) for NADA Membership Registration Fees. Must be paid directly to NADA before the training weekend begins.

Training Includes:

  • Didactic and hands-on/experiential learning on various elements of the training
  • Overview of the history of the NADA protocol.
  • Needling Techniques & Point Location
  • The Science of how auricular acupuncture supports healing and recovery
  • Eastern Medical Theory
  • A Trauma-informed, Anti-Oppressive Approach
  • Setting Up NADA Circles
  • Offering NADA for systemically marginalized communities
  • Safety/Covid Precautions/Guidelines
  • Various learning formats including: videos, projected Power Point, reading materials and the NADA manual (which students will have online access to, once membership to NADA is paid).
  • All materials including Power Point presentations are available to participants.
  • All the materials required for training - i.e. needles, swabs, stix containers etc.
  • Follow up supervision, mentorship and support (online) will be provided to the staff/students for a 1 year period

*Any onsite supervision required will incur additional fees

The training will be in person. Follow up, supervision and support will be provided to the staff/students for a 1 year period, until they receive certification. Some of this support work may be done virtually (because of COVID circumstances).

NADA encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. NADA works to improve access and effectiveness of care through promoting policies and practices which integrate NADA-style treatment with other Western behavioral health modalities.


In 1970, an alliance of Black, Latinx, and White members at Lincoln Detox, a drug treatment program in the South Bronx area of New York City, learned of acupuncture as an alternative to methadone.

Starting in 1974, the staff and other professionals associated with the South Bronx’s Lincoln Recovery Center spent 10 years developing the basic 5 Ear-Points NADA Protocol for the treatment of Addiction, using the diagnostic tools of experience and trial and error. They determined a need for a national-level organization to expand training capacity and awareness of the value of acupuncture as a tool of recovery. Incorporated in 1985 in the state of New York, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association has helped spread Acudetox far and wide, nationally and internationally.

NADA was established to enroll members, establish a collection of related reference materials, codify a training curriculum and develop a flexible system for registering qualified trainers and delivering trainings. NADA has since trained more than 10,000 health professionals, including counselors, social workers, nurses, medical doctors, psychologists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, outreach workers, drug court judges, corrections officers and others to use the protocol. For more info on the association :

Requirements for Certification

  • Show skill and ability in providing a compassionate, boundaried and safe NADA group experience with trauma informed care; includes an understanding of the NADA spirit and self regulation of anxiety/emotions.
  • Accurate placement and technique of needle placement/ability to apply seed
  • Attendance of the 2 day training
  • Complete 50 recorded NADA treatments/with summary and analysis
  • Current NADA membership
  • Read the NADA Manual
  • Complete Final Exam
Ani Mackinnon

Ann Mackinnon - Trainer

Ann is trained as a Shiatsu Therapist and Counsellor and has been practicing NADA Acudetox for several years in the Toronto Community, providing Free NADA circles at the PWA (People with Aids), Downsview Dell Men's Shelter, and in many local organizations and on the streets of Toronto, serving marginalized communities. Ann has supervised the NADA circles at ITM for years and has brought an inclusive, anti-oppressive, and mindful quality to the NADA Circles.

Jen Bowers TCMP - Assistant Trainer

Jen is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine with decades of experience supporting individuals and communities struggling with mental, emotional and physical trauma. Jen incorporates a variety of tools including acupuncture, herbs, nutritional therapy and counselling/coaching within a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach.


Join us for our next NADA Acudetox Training!