I'm a Auricular Detoxification Specialist.
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) advocates in the US and internationally for public policies that will increase access to ear acupuncture within behavioural and psychiatric health programs, within comprehensive addictions treatment, harm reduction and peer recovery support groups.
We provide treatment for Addiction, Stress, Smoking, Depression, Anger, ADHD/ADD, and Bi-Polar by means of Auricular Acupuncture. Acupuncture treats the cause and not the symptoms.
It is the placement of very small needles on the acupuncture points on the ear surface. This treatment is called the NADA five point protocol and assist people to rebalance within an already balanced system and is a nonverbal treatment. It does not require a person to lie down or remove any clothing. It is non-invasive and pain free.
This treatment is safe and has been around for thousands of years. In my own capacity I have seen a very high percentage of success, as high as 95%. This approach to alternative healing is very popular and much sought after. There are only a handful of qualified practitioners in South Africa.
I do go to companies on request, as it assists companies, to have staff not leaving the workplace and the energy within the company becomes higher.
As a qualified Minister of Metaphysics and Life Coach I assist in more than just the acupuncture. This makes for huge benefits to the clients I serve. My normal rate is R350.00 per treatment of one hour for treatment at my rooms. I have discounted rates that work on a sliding scale. The more treatment one needs, the less each treatment becomes.
Should a person need more than one treatment and the above apply, the total discounted fee is payable on the first visit.
Should a company commission me for a certain day of the week for three hours every week do treatment for any or all of their staff, I have a set monthly rate, starting at R5 000.00 for a company with a compliment of 10 or less members.
R10 000.00 for 10 to 20 staff members.
R30 000.00 for 30 to 40 staff members.
Beyond that number the hours per day increase to 5 hours a day and the rate increases accordingly.
This is a proactive way to have more productive hours from staff and surely a healthier staff. Less people stay off work the more productive the company. If there is less stress, there is less conflict. This is and investment in any companies’ staff members (the most important asset of any company) and ultimately an investment in the company, a Win, Win situation. Wellness plays a great role in the today’s working society, thus the need to exercise prevention rather than cure, right there at the workplace, less time wasted more time gained.
I have studied at the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona and did my training through Acudetox here in South Africa. I am a registered and approved NADA Specialist in SA and USA whom practices from my rooms in Florida Gauteng.
Please feel free to contact me for a presentation or any other detail you may require.
Andre is known to help people with a variety of symptoms. He does combined healing methods with great success. There are others around the world that had great results with mental health issues as I mention below.
Several of us at the Freedom Centre learned the NADA protocol at Lincoln Recovery Centre in the South Bronx in 2005. After learning how effective this was for drug recovery, detoxification, relaxation, and trauma we thought a NADA clinic would be a useful and relevant service for the Freedom Centre to offer.
Many people turn to Freedom Centre’s NADA clinic because they are experiencing an extreme emotional state that often stems from trauma. This treatment is effective with trauma because it does not require people to reveal anything personal or painful to a stranger. While it may be important for people to talk through traumatic events, there is unique benefit to the inward, collective nonverbal experience that can be provided at a NADA clinic.
The other main reason for starting the clinic was to provide a resource for people trying to get off psychiatric drugs. There are few resources for people withdrawing from psychiatric drugs and the intensity of the withdrawal is rarely recognized by our culture. Most of the Freedom Centre’s founders have gotten off psychiatric drugs and feel that doing so has been a critical component to their overall recovery and well-being. Their collective experience is the driving force behind offering a safe space to others who make this choice.
Currently, the clinic averages 10-20 people each week and has treated hundreds since 2006. Despite changing practitioners, monetary problems common to community-based grassroots organizations, the free weekly NADA clinic has stayed a strong and consistent part of the Freedom Centre.
Other NADA clinics connected to Recovery Learning Communities, a regional network of peer-run support groups, have since spawned in Western Massachusetts. If Massachusetts were to pass a law allowing non-acupuncturists to get NADA trained, there would be a great opportunity for spreading NADA in peer mental health settings.
History of Acudetox for Addiction Treatment.
1972: Wen, Hsiang-Lai in Hong Kong discovered by chance that needles inserted in the ear – intended to be used as a preoperative anaesthetic – abated physical withdrawal symptoms from opium.
1973: Wen and Cheung publish their results of treating 40 heroin and opium addicts with electro potentiated ear acupuncture in the Asian Journal of Medicine. The New York Times also ran an article on these findings including this quote from… Wen, “We don’t claim it’s a cure for drug addiction. If we can treat the withdrawal symptoms, make the patient more comfortable, and alleviate their suffering, then we have achieved something. Our treatment is not the complete answer to drug addiction.”
1974: Lincoln Hospital Detox Program, Bronx NY, an outpatient methadone clinic since 1970 began using the Wen protocol. Michael O. Smith, MD a psychiatrist and medical director of Lincoln Detox Program began working with the acupuncture clinic.
1982: Smith, et al, published an article in The American Journal of Acupuncture describing the five ear points used in their work as well as points in the hands and feet for particular symptoms.
1985: The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) is founded and incorporated by Michael Smith, MD and others to promote education and training of chemical dependency clinicians in the NADA ear acupuncture protocol. The term acudetox is given to this treatment.
1986: Fr. Thomas Edward Gafney, SJ established NADA-style program in Katmandu. As its first organizational activity, NADA conducted trainings at the Crow Agency and Pine Ridge Indian reservations.
1987: Bulluck, Culliton and Olander published research indicating the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating chronic addiction. Portland Addictions Acupuncture Centre established by David Eisen, LAc in Portland Oregon.
1989: Acudetox program initiated for jailed drug-offenders in Miami. This was followed shortly after by the opening of the Miami Drug Court with the Hon. Stanley Goldstein sitting on the bench. The State of New York adopted the first statute to allow non-acupuncturist ADSes to perform the Acudetox technique.
1991: NADA held its first large-scale conference in Santa Barbara, CA. NADA-UK formed by John Tindell and Margaret Pinnington. First NADA Europe meeting held in Sweden with representatives attending from The United Kingdom, Germany, UK, Finland, Hungary, Russia and Sweden.
1993: The charter issue of Guide points was published. An Acudetox program was inaugurated at the Bronx Psychiatric Hospital. The first National Drug Court Conference was held in Miami.
1994: The Oregon Gambling Treatment Program initiated an Acudetox program. Alex Brumbaugh published Transformation and Recovery. 8th Special Report to Congress on Alcohol and Health mentioned acupuncture as a potential treatment modality. NADA issued its first training manual.
1995: NADA issued its initial list of 34 Registered Trainers. Ellinor Mitchell published Fighting Drub Abuse with Acupuncture (now out of print). NADA-UK began training “substance misuse teams” in Her Majesties Prisons, which resulted almost immediately in an 80% reduction of violent acts. Michael Smith, MD received first National Leadership Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
1996: Treatment Improvement Protocol Series 19 (TIP 19) published by the Centre for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of The National Institutes of Health gave modest support for the use of acupuncture in opiate detoxification. GMHC released Points to Change video, which became a staple of NADA trainings. The first Acudetox web page went online.
1997: The National Institutes of Health published Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement that includes the conclusion, “There are other situations such as addiction, … in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.”
1998: Encyclopaedia Britannica Medical and Health Annual published an article on Acudetox authored by Michael O Smith, MD. The “Lessons Learned” series of essays by Claudia Voyles, LAc began appearing in Guide points.
1999: The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment published an article by Schwartz, et al, on the value of acupuncture in substance abuse treatment.
2000: The New York State Office of Mental Health formally added Acudetox standards to state regulations. Jim Byrne, a volunteer from Lincoln Recovery, began NADA Ireland.
2001: Acudetox training capability established in India and Thailand for Burmese refugee camps. After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre, an Acudetox for terrorism survivors program began in Manhattan providing over 1,000 treatments in the first 10 days and continued through 2007.
2002: Pan-African Projects brought NADA treatments to Uganda and surrounding regions. Transformation and Recovery had its second printing. The first methodologically sound NADA treatment report on smoking cessation with positive results appeared in American Journal of Public Health. The US Government reported 736 certified addictions treatment programs in the US offered acupuncture. Members of NADA Italy completed a study of smoking cessation.
2003: Substance Misuse Program in UK expanded to over 130 correctional facilities. NADA-style treatments in a residential program for street children in Peru expanded. Similar programs in Mexico City and Philippines also expanded services. Homeward Bound Inc. becomes a Training Centre for NADA
2005: NADA members aided in Gulf Coast recovery efforts after hurricanes Katrina and Rita and in Kashmir following earthquakes. In Israel, NADA-style treatments expanded into several clinical institutions. Chiclayo Peru and Tijuana Mexico have formal training In Medical Schools/ Universities for MD, Ph. D, and RNs’
2005: Warren Whitfield, a volunteer addiction counsellor from South Africa hears about Acudetox and the results that are being achieved at Lincoln Recovery Centre South Bronx. Whitfield goes to Huntsville Alabama where he qualifies as an Acudetox specialist under Dr JB Richards. Later he goes to Lincoln Recovery and qualifies as a Registered ADS Trainer with the ability to train ADS Trainers.
2006: CSAT updated TIP 19 with TIP 45, which contains several sections discussing the use of acupuncture in detoxification and substance abuse treatment).
2006: The Addiction Action Campaign is started by Warren Whitfield in South Africa as Whitfield recognizes the epidemic of addiction in his country.
2010: The AHPCSA unanimously agrees to support The Addiction Action Campaign’s submission to have Acudetox recognized as its own profession under Acupuncture, and supports the establishment of NADA South Africa. Dr Michael Smith asks Whitfield to start NADA S.A. and a new chapter in affordable addiction detoxification in South Africa begins.
2010: NADA S.A. is formed using the principles and “Spirit of NADA” worldwide as its guide.
2011: Whitfield begins training Acudetox specialists in South Africa national level.
2012: As a Minister of Metaphysics, Rev André Brink is a qualified counselor that comes through in his approach as a healer.
For the last 10 years it has been a passion of His to help people with the symptoms of many di-eases. He has specialized in Addiction and is without a doubt the Leader is his field. Andre knows that any form of addiction is 100% curable and that is how he approaches his clients.
For the first time in South Africa a person labelled psychotic and schizophrenia was treated with the five point protocol whilst being an inpatient at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria west, South Africa by Andre Brink. Twenty treatments were administered on week days only. This person was in and out and on psychiatric care and on psychiatric medication for three years. After three weeks of treatment he was eligible for discharge.
Today one month later he is back in society and living his live better than before, without any medication.
Many people have given Andre Brink recommendations for his outstanding work he performs.
Andre Brink does talks on his field by invitation for corporate and small groups, where he also demonstrates his techniques and learning’s.
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