Honoring a recovery pioneer
January 12. 2018 12:23AM
To the Editor: Dr. Mike Smith passed away on Christmas Eve. His name may not mean much to many Granite Staters, but his commitment and contributions to substance misuse treatment mean more to us now than ever.
He is internationally-known for pioneering the use the acupuncture in the field of chemical dependency. Smith was a psychiatrist, acupuncturist, addiction specialist, and public health planner who ran the Lincoln Detox Hospital Recovery Center in the Bronx from 1974 to 2011. More than 2,000 treatment programs worldwide use the Lincoln Hospital model. He cofounded the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) in 1984 and provided consultation to city, county, state, federal, and United Nations agencies in more than 100 settings.
New Hampshire legislators embraced Smith’s work in 2017 by passing HB 575, allowing recovery and mental health workers the ability to utilize the NADA 5NP, a five-point ear acupuncture protocol, as an adjunct treatment for addiction recovery, mental/behavioral health, and PTSD.
My hope is that New Hampshire honors Smith’s legacy by embracing our new law to its fullest possible extent. Rest in power, Mike.