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).

ITM Offers training, practical sessions and NADA circles throughout the year.

Tuition: $600 + HST (includes training and evaluation. If participants require additional on-site practicum hours, additional fees may be required). Plus $70 US ($40 US for Students with I.D., and Seniors) for NADA Membership Registration Fees. Must be paid directly to NADA before the training weekend begins. Participants will be provided with the Membership form, once registration is paid.

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.

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 acu detox 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 :

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.

Join us for our next NADA Acudetox Training!