When most people think about drug addiction treatment, they tend to think about the traditional detox process.
It is this process, in fact, which turns off so many people – even though they know, ultimately, going through it is for their own good.
This is understandable, as the side effects of detox can be intense for some, which can include anxiety, hallucinations, sleeplessness, and more.
Thankfully, there’s an alternative way to treat addiction: NAD therapy. A nutritionally based approach to addiction like NAD therapy can result in fewer side effects because it actually helps to reboot the brain. How so?
Nutrient Deficiencies: A Key Component in What Causes Addiction
Whenever a person has the overpowering feeling of reaching for a drink, a cigarette, or their drug of choice, they probably don’t realize what’s behind this feeling. The cause could very well be they’re, in effect, starving.
When we think about someone who is starving, we usually picture someone who has little-to-no access to food. Unfortunately, this is only half of the story. Millions of Americans are starving, not from a lack of food, but from a lack of nutrients.
What causes nutrient deficiencies? In some cases, it’s a lack of healthy, nutrient-dense foods in the diet. In other cases, it could be caused by imbalances in the body, diseases, or genetic factors.
It’s interesting to note addiction has been linked to a certain deficiency – namely, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is a coenzyme closely linked to niacin or vitamin B3.
A lack of this enzyme can lead to:
- Memory loss
- A proclivity toward addiction
To overcome these symptoms – particularly addiction – NAD therapy is often indicated.
How NAD Therapy Can Help Reduce Addictions and Cravings
NAD therapy is a treatment in which a patient receives a large dose of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide through an IV. The amount they receive will boost their body’s levels of the coenzyme and in essence reboot their brain.
The NAD enzyme increases the body’s energy levels, which can help to reduce some of the symptoms which lead people toward addiction, including depression, pain, and fatigue. Additionally, nicotinamide reaches the opiate receptors in the brain, which can also improve energy levels and reduce the urge for opioid medications or other drugs used to self-medicate.
Another positive of treating addiction with NAD therapy is it can reduce the intense side effects of detoxing. Again, it is the intense side effects which turn many people off when it comes to the thought of attempting to overcome their addictions.
Fortunately, the side effects of NAD therapy are minimal, if not non-existent. In fact, people actually feel better when undergoing NAD therapy. They experience improvements in:
- Cognitive function
While it is never easy to overcome addiction – especially cold turkey – the benefits of NAD therapy give people the strength and fortitude they need to do so successfully.
How quickly does this type of therapy work? Many people notice positive effects within just a few hours of starting treatment. Full effects typically take up to a week, but most people notice they feel progressively better each and every day.
NAD Therapy and Support: Keys to Overcoming Addiction and Reducing the Risk of Relapse
Overcoming addiction isn’t an easy process. Relapsing is always a risk, no matter what approach a person tries.
However, we can say this with confidence: When a person feels better physically and mentally, they’re less likely to succumb to the temptation of addictive substances.
To ensure the best results, it’s important not to simply rely on one source of treatment as the be-all-end-all of addiction. In addition to NAD therapy, we recommend anyone trying to overcome addiction have a positive support system (friends, family, a support group) to rely on. For some people talking to a counselor regularly can help too.
Adding these extra sources of support can make it easier to stay on the addiction-free path during times of stress.