NAD Therapy

NAD Therapy provides nutrients that improve overall health. It is an effective treatment for a variety of health issues, including assisting those overcoming a substance use disorder.
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What is NAD Therapy?

NAD therapy, which is short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, is a treatment that uses NAD to improve a person’s health. NAD is a coenzyme naturally found in the body. Stress, anxiety, aging, and other issues affect NAD production, resulting in less-than-optimal health conditions. NAD therapy is available via oral and IV supplementation.

NAD+ and NADH treatments are similar. The difference is NAD+ is given in the oxidized form, while NADH is given in the reduced form.

Addiction and substance abuse negatively impact NAD production.

NAD Therapy restores the body’s levels, which results in:

  • Better cell regeneration
  • Curbed cravings
  • Reduction of withdrawal symptoms
  • Improved overall well-being

What is NAD Therapy Used for?

NAD Therapy is used to treat a variety of different issues, including:

  • Minimizing or eliminating symptoms of withdrawal by binding to opiate receptors that stimulate a drug’s feel-good sensation
  • Detox
  • Assisting in brain restoration and neurotransmitter repair
  • Boosting energy levels
  • Normalizing the body
  • Reducing fatigue

NAD Therapy removes toxins and free radicals from the body. This supports the body’s natural ability to perform optimally and heal better. Whether someone has an addiction to a substance or just wants to feel their best, NAD Therapy offers benefits that support their goals.

NAD Therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions. It is effective for supporting well-being in those with chronic fatigue syndrome and various neurodegenerative disorders. Some people use it to slow the aging process, even if they are not addressing any specific health disease or condition. 

NAD IV Treatment Process

NAD is taken orally or via IV. Most medical professionals consider IV therapy more efficient and effective because it bypasses the digestive system.

The usual course of NAD treatment involves one infusion per day for at least 10 days. Doctors customize the NAD mixture based on a patient’s specific needs.

The process is simple and involves a nurse inserting an IV into your arm. The liquid NAD mixture flows into your body. Some people report withdrawal symptoms easing within minutes after beginning NAD treatment for addiction. Others report feeling better and being able to think more clearly within a few days.

Each treatment lasts approximately eight hours. 

During NAD treatment, you sit and relax, much like someone would receiving IV vitamin therapy treatment or IV chemotherapy treatment.

Side Effects of NAD+ IV

NAD+IV therapy needs more research regarding its effectiveness. However, many in the medical community agree that elevated doses of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids delivered in a short period do not pose adverse side effects. The most common side effect experienced by those using intravenous NAD Therapy is a flu-like feeling that is mild and passes quickly.

NAD IV Benefits

Users of NAD IV Therapy report many different benefits. Specific benefits are based on the issue in question. Boosting NAD+ levels, in general, helps someone feel better, regardless of their specific health concerns.

One of the main benefits of NAD therapy experienced by users no matter its purpose is rejuvenation and restoration of brain function. This occurs because NAD boosts sirtuins. Sirtuins are an anti-aging protein. The more sirtuins present, the slower aging and neurodegeneration occurs. There is some evidence that people receiving IV NAD therapy experience less cognitive decline because their cells can better combat stress exposure.

Other benefits include:

  • Improved mental clarity
  • Better focus
  • Improved mood
  • Improved brain health
  • Better neurological function
  • Improved concentration
  • Better memory
  • Higher energy levels
  • Reduction of fatigue
  • Improved athletic performed
  • Speeded metabolism
  • Anti-aging
  • DNA repair
  • Boosts ATP levels
  • Improves cellular energy

NAD Treatment for Drug Addiction

NAD treatment has become an accepted alternative to medication-assisted therapies for treating drug addiction. It is useful for someone who wants to avoid the side effects of MAT.

NAD Therapy supports detoxification. It also makes the withdrawal process less challenging by replacing nutrients the body needs to recover. Most people addicted to drugs or alcohol have lower-than-optimal levels of vitamins and minerals. NAD Therapy restores these natural substances so a person feels his or her best.

NAD also makes withdrawal easier. It reduces cravings by binding with opiate receptors. This also reduces the risk of relapse. This coenzyme speeds recovery and assists the brain in restoring itself to a healthier state. 

Using NAD Therapy for addiction recovery offers many benefits, including: 

  • Reduction of withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduction of cravings
  • Improved mood
  • Restoration of cells
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Improve brain function
  • Promotes mental clarity

NAD IV Therapy Cost

NAD IV Therapy cost is high. The exact cost varies a great deal based on what a patient requires. For many, using NAD Therapy to treat addiction is more expensive than using it for other purposes.

NAD IV cost tends to range from $10,000 to $40,000. 

Keep in mind, NAD Therapy for addiction is usually performed on an inpatient basis. Every NAD infusion is customized to a patient’s specific needs. The mixture includes things like vitamin B3, niacin, and more that are deficient in those with substance abuse disorder. Each treatment takes a full day and several treatments are needed over 10 to 30 days.

Resources

Imai, Shin-ichiro, and Leonard Guarente. “NAD+ and Sirtuins in Aging and Disease.” Trends in Cell Biology, vol. 24, no. 8, Aug. 2014, pp. 464–471, 10.1016/j.tcb.2014.04.002. Accessed 12 Apr. 2020.

“Harvard Scientists Pinpoint Critical Step in DNA Repair, Cellular Aging.” Harvard Gazette, 23 Mar. 2017, news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/03/harvard-scientists-pinpoint-critical-step-in-dna-repair-cellular-aging/. Accessed 30 Aug. 2020.

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Updated on: September 4, 2020
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