Start a Drip, Stop an Addiction

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In part, this is because addictive substances are capable of altering neural pathways and reducing the number of neurotransmitters in the brain. Standard rehabilitation techniques have historically required one to abstain from problem substances and rely on the individual’s natural healing process to restore and repair neurological function. This can take weeks, months, or even years depending on the severity and duration of one’s substance dependence. Fortunately, one may be able to avoid the devastating effects of withdrawal and ferocious cravings that come with fighting addiction. Utilizing NAD IV treatment may be a relatively painless and amazingly effective means of treating addiction.

NAD and Its Impact on the Body

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, or NAD, is a co-enzyme of niacin (Vitamin B3). This vitamin is a critical element of energy production and a necessary fuel source for mitochondria in all cells of the body. NAD reacts with oxygen held within the mitochondria to produce energy required for moving, breathing, transporting blood, digesting food, maintaining heartbeat, brain activity and overall bodily function. Additionally, this co-enzyme is a detoxifier that assists in removing drugs that have accumulated in one’s system, helps reestablish brain function, and retroactively repairs neurological damage.

Intravenous NAD Treatment for Addiction

Because of the impressive neurological restorative qualities found in NAD, it is an effective drug rehabilitation tool. This approach, that averages ten days of treatment, begins with a daily 8 hour IV drip of NAD solution. Periodically, the length of each treatment is reduced. A prominent difficulty in rehabilitation is struggling against cravings and withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, seizures, physical pain and intense sweating. Reducing the severity of these experiences goes a long way in alleviating addiction.

NAD IV treatment boasts a 90% success rate with addicts experiencing little to no cravings while undergoing this process. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms are reduced by 70-80% without the use of replacement or supplementary drugs. Rarely patients have reported mild flu-like symptoms that quickly dissipates with continued treatment. Cravings and anxiety are expected to be nonexistent by the fourth to sixth treatment, which is recognized as completion of phase one of treatment. During the second phase of treatment, patients experience reclaimed enthusiasm, mental clarity, improved memory, better quality sleep and increased energy. Through normalizing dopamine neurons in the brain’s reward circuit, craving and withdrawal intensity is severely reduced. Furthermore, by returning individuals to pre-use levels of NAD, they become less likely to relapse.

Introduction of this NAD substance into the body through an IV avoids absorption from the digestive tract, which allows direct interaction with the brain. This allows the fastest, most immediate results, and keeps the brain consistently surrounded in a natural therapeutic co-enzyme (NAD), amino acids, vitamins and various nutrients. By supporting the brain in this way, it is better equipped to repair itself and restore neurotransmitters. Research shows that increased exposure to NAD increases the body’s natural synthesis of beneficial neurotransmitters that play a role in correcting various chemical imbalances. The substances in question are linked to addiction, mental illness, depression, aggression and anxiety. By taking action to improve neurotransmitter health and functionality, one is better equipped to combat this slew of serious ailments.

Individual Experience

As with almost any significant treatment, individuals will have different experiences. Because the NAD IV approach interacts so closely with the brain, perhaps the most unique and delicate part of the body, treatment is customized to each patient’s needs. Total dosage and periodic prescriptions for an NAD “boosts” will vary from case to case. Patients may also experience different effectiveness from treatment based on the type of addiction they suffer from. NAD has shown to be more effective on alcohol and opiate addictions; there is little understanding as to why this is the case.

Maintaining brain health is a long-term process and utilization of occasional NAD IV treatment after completing the initial process can be highly beneficial. This usually entails a one to two day IV treatment that support and reinforces the original procedure. Psychotherapist Paula Mestayer of the Springfield Wellness Center states that “I always emphasize that there may be a period of time where [patients] need maintenance, either by an occasional booster or other means of support. Some patients have gone nine years without needing a booster, but many do.” As an additional measure, some patients may be prescribed oral NAD supplements. By increasing the amount of NAD in one’s system, craving intensity is reduced thereby reducing risk of relapse.

NAD Deficiency and Mental Health

Without appropriate amounts of NAD, the body experiences major dysfunction. Various substances such as, NAD, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats formulate the Citric Acid Cycle, which produces NADH. This compound is a primary piece of energy throughout the body. Reduced levels of NAD can inhibit energy, which manifests itself through various cognitive and mental difficulties such as poor concentration and focus, and attention deficit disorders. This occurs because the brain is not supplied with adequate energy to perform efficiently and lacks the capability to synthesize neurotransmitters. If this occurs, the brain becomes incapable of disrupting serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which can lead to mood disorders, depression, anxiety and disrupted sleep. Further disruption of neurotransmitters also promotes addictive tendencies therefore keeping patients in an endless cycle of substance abuse.

Conquering Addiction with NAD IV

Most have experienced addiction, either personally or second-hand. Addiction is incredibly self-destructive while also being one of the most challenging patterns to break. Those who have broken their habits through standard methods of abstinence and natural-healing are astounding. But for those who are having difficulty with conventional rehabilitation there may be another option with no harmful side-effects and immensely reduced withdrawal symptoms. Achieving a pre-addictive state can help free one from the bonds of addiction and allow for an expedited and long-lasting return to health. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, NAD IV treatments may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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