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Addiction to alcohol or drugs changes the way your brain works. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, you know that the desire to quit isn’t always enough.
Overcoming addiction is possible, but success takes commitment and expert support. NAD+ therapy, a new IV treatment for detoxification, harnesses the power of coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD).
NAD+ therapy shows promise in the world of addiction treatment. Daniel J. Headrick, MD, and our team at Headrick Medical Center offer NAD+ detox therapy for patients who are ready to break the addiction to alcohol or drugs.
Overcoming addiction isn’t easy, but NAD+ therapy can help you get through painful withdrawal symptoms. It may restore balance within your mind to set you up for success and recovery. Keep reading to learn about the four top benefits of detoxing with NAD+.
NAD coenzymes play an important role in the health of your cells. They convert food energy into cellular energy that fuels your body and your mind. NAD+ infusions stimulate DNA repair and improve cellular communication throughout the body.
NAD+ therapy is thought to have anti-aging benefits because of the way it regenerates cells within the body. When used for detoxification, it speeds up your body’s natural restorative power. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can deplete your body’s natural NAD levels and infusions restore them. Treatment may enhance mood, increase energy, curb cravings, and flush drugs from the system.
Withdrawal symptoms are an intense side effect of detoxing. Symptoms range from headaches and anxiety to vomiting, nausea, or even seizures. NAD+ therapy may decrease the severity of withdrawal symptoms by 60-70% in certain cases.
The severity of withdrawal symptoms varies depending on the type of addiction you have. Certain substances may pose greater risk for complications during withdrawal than others, so it’s important to understand the risks and know when to seek medical attention before beginning detoxification.
Milder withdrawal symptoms with NAD+ therapy may help you get through the first few days after you quit using and could decrease the likelihood of relapse during this time. With a clearer mind after detoxing, you may be better able to focus on counseling and behavior modification for success in the long term.
While people seeking the energizing, anti-aging benefits of NAD+ therapy might reap benefits with just one infusion, Dr. Headrick may recommend more infusions for people detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction.
NAD+ detox therapy generally includes a series of daily infusions over 10-14 consecutive days. Each infusion takes about 45 minutes and you can nap, read, or watch TV during treatment.
Many patients find detoxing with NAD+ therapy to be quicker and less uncomfortable than other methods because it minimizes withdrawal symptoms and speeds the body’s ability to repair itself. When coupled with counseling for addiction, it can help you get your life back on track.
Narcotic medications like Suboxone® are often prescribed to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. But curbing one drug with another has its downsides. Without proper supervision, it's possible to abuse these medications when detoxing from drugs or alcohol.
Since NAD+ often produces milder withdrawal symptoms, it reduces the need for narcotic medications during detox. Plus, NAD+ therapy may help reduce cravings for addictive substances and set you up for increased success in recovery.
These are just a few benefits of detoxing with NAD+ therapy, but results may vary. Addiction and substance abuse are complex conditions, and many people find the best success with a combination of medication, counseling, and personalized support.
As with other addiction treatments, NAD+ therapy may not be successful for everyone. Dr. Headrick and our team offer a range of treatment options, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to help you overcome addiction. Always talk with your health care team before beginning a new treatment program.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, find hope at Headrick Medical Center. Call our office in San Juan Capistrano, California, at 949-220-2412 or book a consultation online to learn more.
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