While detox is an important first step in healing alcohol and drug addiction, the withdrawal symptoms people experience can be deeply uncomfortable. However, there’s an innovative tool that can help ease these difficult symptoms naturally. This powerful substance could help you move through withdrawal more comfortably so you can jumpstart your healing journey.
The coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+, offers an effective and natural boost to beginning the detox process. With NAD+, you can feel better sooner and make the most of your time in treatment. At The Sanctuary, we offer NAD+ IV drip therapy to naturally replenish your body’s NAD+ levels and prepare you for the recovery process physically, mentally and emotionally.
How Does NAD+ Therapy Help During Withdrawal?
NAD+ is already fueling every cell of your body, but using drugs and alcohol depletes your body’s stores of it over time. Replenishing this naturally occurring coenzyme during the withdrawal process helps to restore your cell heath, improve cognitive function and set you up for a deeper healing process.
During withdrawal, NAD+ helps you to detox more efficiently by flushing out the harmful chemicals stored in your body from substance use. It binds to the opiate receptors that alcohol and other drugs normally stimulate and counteracts the cravings or other withdrawal symptoms you might feel. With NAD+, many people feel less cravings, which helps to curb the discomfort of withdrawal.
NAD+ therapy allows your body to heal faster. And as a result, this allows you to start your recovery process more efficiently. NAD+ also offers the following, proven benefits:
- Repairing cellular damage
- Restoring DNA
- Improving mental clarity and memory
- Increasing concentration and neurological functions
- Boosting mood and reducing symptoms of depression
In short, NAD+ therapy can be used during detox to upregulate your brain and body so you can feel better faster. And in some cases, without needing other medical interventions. It’s important to note that NAD+ alone is not detox. But you can use it alongside other treatment methods in a comprehensive detox program and it may be able to reduce your need for other medications during the process.
At The Sanctuary, our clinical team can help you determine eligibility for NAD+ therapy depending on your unique medical history.
NAD+ Therapy and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
NAD+ therapy is a safe and natural alternative (or supplement) to medication-assisted treatment. While MAT can be helpful and even life-saving for some people in detox, the substances used are harmful in and of themselves and can be addictive.
Alternatively, NAD+ already naturally occurs in the body and doesn’t pose any threat for addiction or harm to your body. People with mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms can often use NAD+ therapy in place of or alongside MAT.
Before receiving NAD+ therapy at The Sanctuary, our team of medical professionals will evaluate your medical history to see what plan of treatment will work best for your needs.
The Unique Benefits of NAD+
People often feel uncomfortable in the early stages of detox due to withdrawal symptoms and cravings. As time progresses, they may start to feel better—possibly back to feeling as they did before struggling with addiction. But at The Sanctuary, our goal isn’t for you to go back to feeling how you felt before. After all, that emotional state may have triggered your addiction in the first place.
Instead, our aim is to holistically address the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual depletion you’ve experienced over time while using alcohol or drugs. We help you upregulate your system to a whole new level.
Not only does this make your recovery journey smoother, it helps you get more value out of your time in treatment. When you can hit the ground running and feel better faster, you have more energy and motivation to continue your recovery journey and make the most of the healing modalities available to you at The Sanctuary while you’re with us.
What Makes NAD+ Therapy at The Sanctuary Different
Here at The Sanctuary, we offer NAD+ therapy in our Brain-Body Restoration Facility alongside our other brain and immune system upgrade protocols. Our non-12-Step approach blends science-based addiction healing methods with holistic alternative therapies so you can heal your whole being: mind, body, soul and spirit.
Typically, NAD+ therapy is only provided in an outpatient setting—clients simply receive the coenzyme intravenously and go home. At The Sanctuary at Sedona, we incorporate it into our comprehensive program, so you can receive NAD+ in our beautiful IV drip room on our campus. You remain fully immersed in our natural healing environment, so you can experience the full benefits of our holistic treatment program.
Each element of your treatment plan, including NAD+ therapy, works together to create a transformative power larger than the sum of its parts. It’s this level of synergistic healing that helps our clients to heal in ways they never have before. NAD+ therapy is an important tool we use to help aid that journey and make it easier for your mind, body, and soul to remain receptive to all areas of treatment.
What to Expect
We administer NAD+ intravenously, as your body can provide nutrients to the damaged cells and tissues that need it most this way. Intravenous NAD+ also provides you with a much higher concentration than you can get via oral supplements. This helps make your healing process even more efficient and comfortable as your body readjusts.
NAD+ therapy sessions take place in our state-of-the-art IV lounge and last about an hour. You’ll be able to ask our naturopathic doctor any questions you may have as you discuss health, spirituality, and NAD+ therapy itself. Tranquil music, helpful reading materials and soothing plant life and crystals surround you in comfort during each session. Many of our clients feel more mental clarity alongside a general sense of relaxation and peace after sessions.
We only use the highest quality NAD+ sourced from the compound pharmacy that’s recommended by Dr. Richard Mestayer—one of the leading pioneers of NAD+ therapy in the United States.
NAD+ as Part of an Integrated, Holistic Healing Process
NAD+ therapy at The Sanctuary is overseen by one or both of our on-staff medical doctors. Dr. Mary L. Delduca, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and Integrative Medicine, practitioner. Dr. Brett Forrest Shenkman is a naturopathic physician who uses holistic techniques that work with the body rather than against it.
At The Sanctuary, we have a one-to-one staff-to-client ratio. You’ll develop relationships with each of our qualified and compassionate staff members. These guides remain by your side throughout your healing journey. Our staff are committed students of the healing arts. They utilize both ancient healing wisdom and modern science to help you fully recover from addiction. On top of that, they’ve been through their own healing journeys and know what you’re going through.
At The Sanctuary, we implement NAD+ therapy alongside other healing modalities to give your system the best chance of healing. While receiving NAD+ therapy, you’ll also benefit from:
- Our organic superfood program to rejuvenate your body at the cellular level
- Energetic therapies, meditation, and yoga to help rebalance your brain waves
- Your own unique supplement regimen, continually adjusted and prescribed by our Functional Medicine doctor
- Our tranquil natural environment to help calm and regulate your nervous system
Jumpstart Your Healing Process With NAD+ Therapy
NAD+ can offer people struggling with addiction a natural way to ease withdrawal symptoms and begin their healing journey. Detox is just the first step on the path to recovery. This journey isn’t just about getting back to who you were before. It’s about becoming a wholly healed and new version of yourself.
Begin your healing process with NAD+ therapy so you can start to feel your best, faster. Contact us today to learn more.
He is the Founder, Administrator, Counselor at the Sanctuary at Sedona.
He has a BA in Political Science and is currently Senior teaching staff at Four Winds Society, an international school of energy medicine. His credentials also include being an Ordained Minister; a Certified Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator; a Founding Member Society for Shamanic Practitioners; a Member of Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology; a Member of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies. [email protected]