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Acudetox India


Indian Association of Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists is committed to ensure that the training and certification of Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists meet clinical and ethical standards.

Dr. Michael O. Smith

(Psychiatrist & Acupuncturist)

“NADA Acupuncture teaches us to relax from the inside out.” This increased sense of calm and the quieting of symptoms that occurs as a result of the acupuncture treatment stimulates one’ own “Qi” (one’s inner energy) and brings us back into a more balanced state and chance to communicate. As we become calmer inside, we become much more aware of over selves and others. From this quieter, inner place we can then make more careful choices in our reactions to life situations.

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In the present day society, people find it hard to talk about help, issues related to addiction, trauma, domestic violence, mental health etc. We believe that talking about feelings, trauma asking for help is still a taboo and highly stigmatized and further biggest barrier in effective service delivery at grass root level.

The idea of forming Indian Association of Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists was mooted by Nada India to achieve the objectives of promoting barrier free services among marginalized. Nada promotes two basic approaches one is the use of ear acupuncture at all stages of addiction treatment & rehabilitation and peer based interventions. NADA protocol was developed and spearheaded as a worldwide movement by Dr. Michael O. Smith Psychiatrist and Acupuncturist from New York the Founder of National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.


Indian Association of Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (IAADS) was registered as a trust on 11/01/2011 in New Delhi with a focus on development of quality services available by NADA, (Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists ADS ) in India by
1) Promoting and advocating the understanding of the problems and issues faced by health professionals, Counselors, peer counselors who acquired training as Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) as per the NADA protocol.
2) Advancing education and research in the field of Holistic health, Ear acupuncture (NADA protocol) and addiction treatment, rehabilitation.
3) Promote and advocate the professional needs of Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (Like addiction counselor, peer counselor ,social workers and correction officers , physician and mental health professionals etc.) trained and certified as per the norms set by National Acupuncture Detoxification Association ( NADA) especially those working in the Government ,peer led rehabilitation centers, private and other non-governmental organizations.
4) The Trust will undertake initiatives in the areas of ethics, regulatory system, govt. policy vis a vis ADS, accreditation of CME programs, treatment guidelines & data bank related to ADS and their training.
5) To maintain a register of ADS trained and certified as per NADA norms and guidelines.

Nada India Foundation

Nada started working in India under the supervision and international leadership of Dr. Michael O. Smith with the objective of making barrier free addiction treatment and well-being issues available across communities. Today, that vision has grown and under Suneel Vatsyayan, founder of the Nada India Foundation (NIF), the organization is working with a number of issues and among a variety of groups.

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Office Bearers

Advisory & Team
Office bearers and conveners of IAADS
Name Role
Dr. Michael O. Smith Visionary
Suneel Vasyayan Founder & Trustee
Dr. Ajay Vats Chairman
V.Pallavi Trustee & Treasurer
Dr.Rajni Vats Trustee
Advisory Committee
Name Profession
Mr. Alexander Daniel, IPS Additional Director General Border Security Force
Mr.Pradeep Dattatreya Author
Prof. T.K. Thomas Professor
Ms. Daksha Patel NADA, ADS (Canada)
Mr.E.S.Issac Director, Doordarashan (Sports Channel)
State Conveners
Name State
Dr.Ajay Vats NADA ADS Delhi
Dr. Roop Sidana NADA ADS Rajasthan
Kala Ben Gujarat
Dr.James Doss, NADA ADS Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh
Dr.Uttam NADA ADS Haryana
Dr.Fasuddin,NADA ADS Uttarakhand
Dr.Anand Ghildyl, NADA ADS Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh
Dr. Arindam Sinha, NADA ADS Uttar Pradesh
Border Security Force
Name Location
Dr. H.L. Choudhary, NADA ADS Central Jail (Vadodara Gujarat)
Dr.Bharat Shah, NADA ADS Central Jail (Vadodara Gujarat)
Dr.Raghav Pujara, NADA ADS Central Jail (Ahmedabad Gujarat)
Dr.Ajay Vats NADA ADS Central Jail (Delhi Tihar)
Dr.Nayana Ben, Dr.Ajay Vats NADA ADS Clinical Supervision & Training