With sadness I announce the passing on Christmas Eve 2017, of Michael Smith, MD, founder of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).
I first heard him describe his five-point ear acupuncture protocol for addiction and mental health conditions in 1980 while I was in acupuncture college, and a dozen years later began using his protocol in Sacramento drug treatment programs, becoming an “Acudetox Specialist” and then a “Registered Trainer” of the method, and one of the thousands around the world who teach and use this quick, easy, and effective technique to raise endorphins, reduce anxiety, calm the sympathetic nervous system, and help countless people strengthen their hold on recovery.
One of my favorite photos of him is below, demonstrating the NADA protocol to members of the border guards between India and Pakistan. Because of him the protocol is being used everywhere in the world where people are using acupuncture to treat addiction, including Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia, Scandinavia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Dr. Smith worked for over thirty years at a recovery program in the South Bronx, New York, which was the Mother Ship of NADA, a point of light for training and inspiration. When NADA held a conference in San Francisco in 1995, Dr. Smith drove to Sacramento without compensation to present his method to our criminal justice community at a meeting my Community Addiction Recovery Association Board of Directors organized, convincing the Sacramento County Criminal Justice Cabinet to include acudetox from “day one” in our county’s Adult Drug Court. Michael, thank you for your dedication, leadership, and generosity.
May your memory, Michael, be for a blessing forever.