NAD Therapy (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide)
NAD, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a naturally occurring co-enzyme of niacin that helps cells in our bodies produce energy. It does so by converting the energy we get from food into cellular energy. Administering lab-produced NAD will boost the levels of the chemical in someone’s body, but they will need to be administered more to sustain that level.
As a person abuses drugs and alcohol, their natural amount of NAD is depleted. This makes it more difficult for them to convert the energy that is broken down from food. It is even speculated that people who naturally produce less NAD are more likely to develop an addiction and potentially a co-occurring disorder.
“NAD+ is the closest we’ve gotten to a fountain of youth. It’s one of the most important molecules for life to exist, and without it, you’re dead in 30 seconds.”
DAVID SINCLAIR | CO-DIRECTOR OF THE PAUL F. GLENN CENTER FOR THE BIOLOGY OF AGING AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
NAD has the ability to treat multiple medical conditions:
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
- Neurodegenerative diseases
How is NAD Therapy Used?
In NAD Therapy, the co-enzyme is placed in an IV and slowly dripped into the bloodstream. This allows the substance to bypass the stomach (where analgesic medication breaks down) and travel directly to the brain. This provides the individual with a boost of energy, providing enhanced mood and awareness, as the energy they get is now from their natural sources, not other substances. It has also been claimed to slow the aging process. These benefits have opened the door for clinics to us it as a luxury, like a spa treatment.
NAD Therapy to Treat Addiction
It has been determined that the excessive use of drugs and alcohol will deplete the body’s natural stores of NAD. Because of this, the brain cannot receive the same energy it usually would from breaking down food. NAD Therapy floods the brain with the co-enzyme to replenish its stores, providing three key effects.
It flushes out all of the drugs that are still in the user’s system. This step begins the detox process and helps the patient rid the body of the negative substances.
It curbs the cravings for alcohol and opioids and lessens the pain of withdrawal, making recovery easier physically and mentally.
It allows the body to produce energy more naturally, without a crash or jitters like caffeine and sugar or the negative effects that come with other substances.