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Recovering From Addiction With NAD+ Therapy

NAD+ therapy (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) is a powerful treatment that can aid in the addiction recovery process. NAD+ is not a pharmaceutical, but a naturally occuring coenzyme found in all living cells. Its long list of benefits can have a hugely positive impact on both physical and mental health. 

This type of IV therapy is an increasingly popular treatment for addiction. Research has found a “significant clinical benefit of IV NAD+ infusion in alcohol and opioid withdrawal,” including the reduction of cravings and other symptoms. This helps to kickstart the process of recovery, and may also have long-term impact on mental health. In service of this goal, The Sanctuary offers this type of therapy as one component of an all-encompassing treatment plan. NAD+ therapy at the Sanctuary is more than just a prescription. It’s a holistic, immersive experience.

Benefits of NAD+ IV Therapy

Biosynthesized from vitamin B3, NAD+ has a full-body positive impact on your physical health. Increasing NAD+ facilitates DNA repair, helps regulate sleep, and has long-term neurological benefits.

Cognitive Function and Neural Regeneration

NAD+ improves neural and cognitive function by helping with electron exchange. In layman’s terms, this is the movement of energy from one cell to another. By bolstering this process with NAD+ IV therapy, clients can improve their energy levels, emotional state, and overall sense of well-being.

The benefits of NAD+ don’t stop with recovery from addiction. Research suggests this therapy may also be an effective treatment for extremely serious conditions, like Alzheimer’s. The treatment has been proven to reduce DNA damage and neuroinflammation, which improves learning and memory. This process aids clients in achieving mental clarity, which is an essential component of recovery from substance misuse. 

Improved Mood

Because of its powerful impact on cognitive function, NAD+ may also have a direct positive impact on mood. This is extremely valuable during recovery. The misuse of substances is often an attempt to artificially improve one’s mood, avoid difficult emotions, and feel empowered. By finding healthy ways to feel better, clients at the Sanctuary begin to build more fulfilling and sustainable lives. NAD+ IV therapy is a medically safe way to achieve these effects.

Craving Management

It’s natural for people in recovery to be concerned about craving management. Unlike some other treatments, NAD+ doesn’t simply numb the urge to engage in unhealthy habits. Instead, by improving neurological health, it can remove the reason you experience cravings in the first place. This deeper, more holistic approach is far more sustainable than other pharmaceutical interventions. 

Trauma Therapy

NAD+ is known as an effective treatment for a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. It’s very common for these conditions to be present in clients who struggle with addiction. Because the process of healing from any of these diagnoses is such a delicate one, it’s important to have a healthcare provider on hand during any type of treatment.

Supervised Inpatient NAD+ IV Therapy

In the treatment of mental health and addiction, studies show that a combined approach—using both talk therapy and medical treatment— has the greatest impact on recovery. At the Sanctuary, every aspect of treatment is designed to work together. For eligible clients, this includes NAD+ IV therapy. 

Every type of IV therapy at the Sanctuary takes place in a comfortable, beautiful setting. Clients sit in soft chairs, surrounded by plants and listening to music. Before the session begins, you’ll have a chance to chat with our naturopathic doctor and ask any questions you may have. Members of our medical team closely monitor these sessions to ensure the utmost comfort and safety. 

Because NAD+ has so many uses, it is not always offered in a therapeutic environment. It can also be prescribed like any other medication. This usage does have positive effects, but it only impacts certain aspects of health. Receiving IV therapy in a curated space doesn’t just treat brain chemistry, it also encourages your brain to form positive associations. Clients actively form memories of treatment, and so immediately put the NAD+’s positive effect on learning into practice. 

Healing Holistically With NAD+ at The Sanctuary

While NAD+ IV therapy can be a key component of addiction treatment, it’s only one aspect of recovery. Because NAD+ is present in every cell of the human body, this treatment is, by nature, holistic. That is, it has a system-wide impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health. In order to reap all the possible benefits of NAD+ therapy, we combine it with other aspects of care to form a complete healing experience. These include supplements, nutrition, psychotherapy, energy medicine and hands-on continuing care. 

If you think NAD+ IV therapy might be right for you, connect with the Sanctuary to learn more

B. Forrest Shenkman, N.M.D. Signature Photo

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]