The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association


As an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, I am certified in this specialized, standardized auricular acupuncture protocol. The NADA protocol consists of five specific auricular (ear) acupuncture points, that address the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of individuals dealing with behavioral health issues; including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. The needles are usually retained for 30-45 minutes, typically in a group setting. 

The NADA protocol is best utilized as an adjunct therapy, in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment program that ideally offers other therapeutic elements such as counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, and supportive medical health care. Clients in all types of treatment settings; including inpatient, outpatient, incarcerated, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach, can utilize this treatment. Among the benefits reported by both clients and clinicians are improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals.

While derived originally from the Chinese medicine theory of detoxification, the NADA method is adaptable to almost all cultural settings and physical environments. NADA treatment is feasible, even in settings where threats of violence had previously made it difficult to serve clients. Below is a list of the diverse settings and health specialties that have incorporated the NADA protocol:

  • Emergency Medicine/Disaster Relief Firefighters
  • First Responders Emergency Medical Technicians/Specialists 
  • Paramedics 
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Opiate maintenance / detox programs
  • Abstinence based inpatient / outpatient programs
  • Mental Health facilities: psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health and dual diagnosis treatment programs
  • Court Diversion / drug courts
  • Jails, prisons, community re-entry / half-way houses
  • Homeless shelters and refugee camps
  • Military bases
  • Churches 
  • Farmer's markets 
  • HIV testing centers / HIV/AIDS clinics 
  • Rape crisis centers / violent and sex offender programs
  • Employee Assistance Programs 
  • Senior centers 
  • Self-Help and Peer Support Groups
  • Survivors of violence
  • Mental health consumer groups

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NADA - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine 

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze,