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How Does NAD + Therapy Repair the Brain?

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+, is a substance that naturally occurs in your body. It affects the way your cells work, how quickly your tissues repair themselves, and, in turn, how well your brain functions. And because of its well-documented ability to improve brain function even after long-term substance abuse, it’s an incredible therapy that supports the treatment of addiction and mental health disorders.

At The Sanctuary, we incorporate NAD+ therapy into our holistic addiction and mental health treatment program as part of a groundbreaking brain and body restoration process. And our clients see results that help them take their recovery journey farther than they may have ever thought possible.

A Breakthrough Therapy That Protects Brain Function 

This natural nutrient has such a great ability to affect brain health that NAD+ is used as a therapy for degenerative brain diseases resulting from aging. An article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that “promotion of intracellular NAD+ anabolism represents a promising therapeutic strategy for age-associated degenerative diseases.” That’s because NAD+ reduces oxidation that causes cell damage in brain tissues. The same study concludes that “While it will almost certainly be proved true that NAD+ brain restoration therapy alone is not the mythical ‘elixir of life,’ its foundational role in cellular energetics, nuclear signaling, and viability suggests it just may be a key ingredient.”

Another study on NAD+ in brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders found that “reduced NAD+ levels contribute to most, if not all, of the hallmarks of brain aging.” NAD+ improves the way all of your cells function, including brain cells. That’s why “NAD+ also improves adaptive cellular stress responses in neurodegenerative diseases… it also protects the aging brain against injury.”

NAD+ also increases neuroplasticity, or your brain’s innate ability to adapt and change. This, in turn, makes you far more receptive to the changes that take place during your treatment experience.

Why Brain Repair is Important for Recovery

Day-to-day life is often stressful, and the modern lifestyle can be depleting even when there’s no serious diagnosis at play. But conditions like addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety can actually cause brain damage. “Pathological anxiety and chronic stress lead to structural degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex,” says a study published by the NCBI. This “may account for the increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia.”

NAD+ can help correct this problem. It works by affecting mitochondria: your cells’ “powerhouse” or “energy factory.” As a result, every cell in your body works better. Detox pathways open, and your body can begin the important work of repairing damaged brain cells and tissues.

We’ve seen that when our clients take NAD+ before starting treatment, they adjust to the process sooner and get more out of their time with us. With proper NAD+ levels, they become more available, their brain fog lifts and they feel better overall. And that means they can engage in the many therapies we offer more fully. By supporting the body and brain in this way, NAD+ opens a doorway to new kinds of healing.

NAD+: A Pathway to Recover Brain Health

Your brain has the power to heal itself. And NAD+, along with the other therapies in our holistic program, facilitates that process. Among many other things, NAD+ helps with:

  • Repairing DNA
  • Communication along the gut-brain axis
  • Mental clarity
  • Healthy aging
  • Energy levels
  • Digestion and metabolism
  • Memory
  • Neural regeneration

Environmental and lifestyle factors, including drug and alcohol use, reduce your body’s NAD+ levels. That’s why restoring this essential substance can have such a positive impact on how you think and feel. NAD+ also increases serotonin and improves your mood. This not only helps you feel well but decreases the stress response that caused unhealthy brain function in the first place.

Body-Brain Restoration at The Sanctuary

Our integrated program includes brain-healthy nutrition and supplement protocol that makes a world of difference for our clients. But we felt the need to do even more to help our clients restore faster and more efficiently. That’s why we developed an entire, week-long brain-body restoration program. By preparing people to begin treatment, we help them get the absolute most out of their time in residential care.

Nutritional IV therapies like NAD+ typically happen on an outpatient basis. But ours takes place right on campus. Our brain-body restoration clinic is in its own, purpose-built building. The work we do there is fully integrated into your addiction treatment process. This helps our clients feel better and dive deeper into their own process of healing.

How Our Expert Medical Team Delivers NAD+ IV Therapy

At The Sanctuary, we deliver NAD+ intravenously. As opposed to taking it orally, the IV drip allows NAD+ to bypass the digestive system and absorb directly into your bloodstream. We use a high-potency, high-quality product that’s compounded specially for use in our treatment program.

While receiving NAD+ in our soothing IV lounge, you can read, listen to music or simply relax and talk with other clients. Our clients love to talk with our knowledgeable, down-to-earth staff about recovery, health, spirituality, and life. After treatment, you may feel stronger, clearer, and more positive. Ultimately, you’ll find it easier to focus, which makes it much easier to be present in your daily therapy sessions.

Make NAD+ a Part of Your Recovery From Addiction, Trauma, Depression, or Anxiety

Often, people go to rehab with the goal of getting back to where they were before their addiction began. But we want so much more than that for our clients. We want you to feel deeply fulfilled and turned on by life. We want you to feel so great that you have no desire to go back to old patterns that were keeping you stuck in a life that wasn’t serving you.

Don’t just get back to baseline – live the life you’re meant to live.

One former client describes The Sanctuary as: “a spiritual and science-based recovery center, focused on life transformation.”

It’s time to transform your life. Contact us today to take the first step.

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Dr. Forrest is a licensed Naturopathic Physician specializing in retreat-style holistic medicine, natural detoxification and cleansing, mind/body medicine, and regenerative medicine. Dr. Forrest brings to his work a sense of humility, respect, and compassion that is too often absent in the sterile, rigid world of modern medicine. He is deeply honored and grateful to be continuing this work as part of the community and healing that is taking place at the Sanctuary. [email protected]