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A holistic approach to alcohol and drug addiction treatment, NAD IV therapy is said to replenish the drained enzymes and target brain restoration.

A holistic approach to alcohol and drug addiction treatment, NAD IV therapy is said to replenish the drained enzymes and target brain restoration.

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One of the newest holistic treatments in the field of addiction recovery is an amino acid therapy, known as NAD IV therapy.

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) is a metabolic co-enzyme and is charged with the important job of structuring, repairing, and remodeling every cell in the body. These specialized enzymes require constant replenishment in the body. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse prompt the human brain to reorganize, particularly on a cellular level. This process, known as neuroadaptation, is directly responsible for addiction-related brain damage and depletion of neurotransmitters. NAD IV therapy is said to replenish the drained enzymes and target brain restoration.

The History of NAD Therapy

Although the treatment is relatively new to the US, NAD therapy has actually been around since 1961. Its first use was recorded in South Africa. The first addiction treatment clinic to utilize NAD therapy was located in Springfield, Louisiana. The center was founded by psychotherapist Paula Mestayer and her husband Richard, who was a practicing psychiatrist at the time. After conducting intensive research into NAD therapy for addiction, they opened Springfield Wellness Center in 2001 and have since treated over 1,000 patients.

What is the NAD IV Treatment Process?

Side Effects?

Side Note Picture Studies show that using high doses of vitamins, minerals and amino acids for short periods of time present negligible adverse effects. In fact, the most commonly reported side effect with NAD therapy is feeling only slightly flu-like, which seems to pass rapidly.

NAD IV therapy usually requires one infusion per day for a period of ten days. A facility physician develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient, including the precise NAD mixture. At the beginning of each day, a trained nurse will insert an IV and begin to slowly infuse the NAD mixture. Withdrawal symptoms reportedly begin to subside in just a matter of minutes.

Patients are able to comfortably relax while the formulation is delivered over a period of approximately eight hours. Some reports indicate NAD therapy can reduce withdrawal symptoms by 70-80 percent, though there are no hard facts to support this claim.

Between the fourth and eighth day, patients typically report feeling better, with increased mental clarity. However, it is important to note that patients must complete each infusion process in order to eliminate or minimize cravings. More importantly, after receiving NAD IV therapy, each patient must deal with the psychological aspects of addiction, otherwise a relapse is inevitable.

Though NAD IV therapy will need additional research and evaluation, the treatment does seem to produce positive results among patients struggling with addiction. Early data seems to indicate the highest success rates with NAD are among alcohol and opiate addicts.

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  • http://www.ozonetherapybythesea.com Ivan Martinez Mdc

    NAD is a cellular coenzyme derived from nicotinic acid (Niacin) . Its main function is the production of energy in all cells.

    One of the most important aspects of NAD therapy, is the vast amount of ailments which can be used to heal – Cancer , Chronic Fatigue Syndrome , AIDS , Parkinson’s disease , Alzheimer’s, depression , drug and alcohol addiction . This is because all these diseases have a common denominator, a shortage of cellular energy.

  • http://www.ozonetherapybythesea.com Ivan Martinez Mdc

    I took this NAD treatment link to veteranstoday.com article by Amy Moreles ,and help me with my benzodiazepan addiction now I have more energy and not depressed

  • Jeff Bilyeu

    Nikki Seay,

    I am a therapist at a holistic addictions treatment center. We have been using NAD (10-day, IV protocol) with our clients. I am wondering if you would be so kind to let us use some of your well-articulated information about NAD to use on our website.

    You can reply to this comment either confirming or denying your permission.

    Thank you very much,

    Jeff Bilyeu

    • pattiaaa

      Hello Jeff.

      We live in Dallas texas and have been searching high and low for an iv amino acid therapy (nads) to help overcome opiate addiction. Can I ask, where is your center? And how do I find out where more centers are located?

      Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

  • Justin torrence

    I have done alot of drugs in my life and it has damaged my brain causing many life altering problems. My depression and anxiety has mentally paralyzed me. I don’t think I can afford treatment so I’m going to order NAD over sea and administrator it myself. Could you plz tell me everything I need and how to administrator it. It’s either this or a second suicide attempt that will be fatal. I’ve been sober two years and I haven’t gotten better. Tks Jay

    • Kawaii

      Justin…please look into functional medicine too. I don’t know the answer, but I’m the mom of a 24 year old son who suffers greatly as well. Please don’t give up. Things are changing in this “industry” although too slowly. Also google a place called Alltyr ( I just found them online) maybe they can provide ideas for you.

    • Novalis19

      Jay, I hope you are doing as well as possible. Do you have an email I can contact you at. I don’t like positing on these boards. Please keep the faith. Wishing you Well, M

      • shasselb

        My wife is in the same position as Jay. Do you know how much we should administer?

        • Novalis19

          No, I do not have any clue about IV protocols and how much to administer as I have never had it done to me and I am not a doctor. But I am seeing a new doctor and he has a different way of working with NAD which is not done via IV. Do you have an email I can discuss with you? It is possible it could be helpful, I am still trying it out myself.

    • pattiaaa

      Hello Jay. May I ask you a question? Were you ever able to order this NAD iv formulation from overseas and find someone to administer it for you? Sounded kind of promising, yes? I would really appreciate any info you might have found out. Thank you.

    • Tara Smith

      Hi Justin, I know administering NAD is more like an art that requires because a lot of things can go wrong when administering anything IV. Dr. Milgram from The NAD Treatment Center has dialed down IV NAD to science by creating specific protocols for each addiction treatment. I would contact him to receive accurate information about IV NAD.

  • Kawaii

    Hi. Where on the East Coast is this offered. My son is on probation and not allowed to leave the state (NJ). We need to change this system. It is despicable. URGENT!

    • Jeanne Pitre Carson

      Baltimore …Dr Elizabeth Stuller

    • Jennifer Hansen

      We are opening a center this June in Egg Harbor City, NJ called Comprehensive Wellness that will be doing this type of therapy.

  • kelley

    Hi Novalis, I would also like to know about the non-IV way of working with NAD. How can I contact you to give you my email? Kind regards, K

    • Novalis19

      Hey Kelley, do you have an email I can write you at?

      • kelley
      • kelley

        kelley dot vandermeer at gmail dot com

      • pattiaaa

        Hello Novalis19,

        I too would very much like any information you have regarding nads therapy that perhaps is non iv as well? We live in Dallas and cannot find a center in the entire state of texas that from what we can see, offers this type of treatment. I can be reached at (Patti.ahern@yahoo.com)

        Thank you. This is particularly time sensitive and any info you could offer (or anyone on here that sees this) would be greatly appreciated!)

  • joyce

    Where in Indiana would this therapy be offered?

    • Sherrie

      Unfortunately it’s only offered in a handful of states right now. I’m not sure if Indiana is one of them but if I can find out I will come back and post. I’m in Louisiana and am starting this treatment on Monday, praying it works!

    • Michael

      Are you close to Chicago?

    • Sherri

      There’s one in Carmel, the Emerald Neuro-Recover Center.

  • Novalis19

    Vincent, I hope you are well. I sent you an email but it came back undeliverable. Do you have a working email where I contact you? I apologize for the long delay in getting back to you but I did not see your comment here until I saw another DISQUS notification from this thread and happened to see you posted as well. All the Best.

    • Tena

      PLEASE contact me. I have been on Suboxone for 10 years.

      • Sherrie

        Hi Tena, I have also been on suboxone for ten years and recently discovered this, it is extremely expensive however I will give anything for my life back. This has taken it from me and I cannot get off of it and doctors do not want to help you get off of it. I start my NAD+ IV therapy Monday and praying it works!

        • Amy Fleming

          Did it work?

        • Shawna B

          Hi Sheri, did your NAD treatment work?

    • Amber

      Can you please email me as well

    • AMBER

      Can you please email me about this as well the Nad+ that you are talking about

    • Brittany Williams

      Could you please email me about the oral NAD? brittb3385@yahoo.com
      Thank you!!

  • Keith

    Is there one in Dallas, or the DFW area?? Desperate need for wife trying to get off of benzodiazapines?

    • Denise Jones

      It’s less than an hour to fly to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You rent a car at the airport and drive 45 minutes South to Springfield Wellness Center — the first and oldest NAD clinic in the U.S.

    • Mary Fonke-Harris

      New Resources Medical Arts in San Antonio, Dr. Wiley Patterson does nad.

    • Chrissy Rudman

      Not sure if you are still looking, but Formula Wellness Center in Dallas is doing them now.

  • Michelle

    What about meth addicts???

  • Michelle

    What about meth addicts??

    • Jeanne Pitre Carson

      Yes, The treatment works well with people who are chemically dependant on meth.. I have been delivering IV NAD for 6 years and have seen great results with Meth.

      • pattiaaa

        Michelle, I am just seeing this post. I just finished the 10 day program of NAD IV infusion at the Bridgeway Institute in Pensacola Florida. In fact the woman above that first responded to your question was my nurse and the Director of Bridgeway. I can’t help but vouch for Jeanne Carson and tell you that her program has literally changed my life for the better and has given me so much hope for a bright future ahead. Keep in mind that not all NAD treatment centers are created equal and I know that more than anyone after researching and interviewing multiple NAD centers for literally 7 months before choosing Jeanne’s program. I’d be more than happy to tell you about the differences and why choosing Bridgeway was the best decisions I’ve ever made. I truly don’t believe that just anyone or any place could have provided me with the results like I got there. Hope that helps and feel free to reach out anytime. That goes for everyone that sees this! I promised myself that if this truly worked like I have been praying it would, I promised I would try and tell as many people as I could and hopefully have the same impact on their lives. It’s the least I can do. Thx!

        • Barbara Miller Wiese

          would it be possible for me to talk with you, I am looking into this for my son

        • Michelle Sparks

          My son wants to have the NAD treatment for opiate addiction. I am skeptical this is very expensive. Does anyone know about Springfield wellness in Louisiana. Desperately looking for help and input on this treatment. If it is so great how come more people don’t know about it.

          • CO$CUZ

            I just finished the treatment for opiate addiction. I was on suboxone. Worked wonders.

  • Darren

    What is the contact info for the San Diego NAD Treatment Center?

  • Darren

    I have heard NAD is beginning to be used to treat early onset Alzheimer”s disease. do you have any information on that?

    • Jeanne Pitre Carson

      Hi Darren. We are seeing great results with patients who have been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s with the IV administration of NAD. For more information feel free to visit our website or contact us at http://www.bridgewayinstitute.net

  • http://kenstarrmd.com Ken Starr MD

    I run an NAD treatment center in Arroyo Grande, California. I offer NAD therapy because I’ve seen the results in patients being treated for opiate, alcohol and benzo withdrawal. Once you see how patients respond to NAD, I would never go back to offering detox treatment without it. Ken Starr MD

    • Amy Fleming

      If only it was covered by insurance! You would think in the long run such an innovative treatment would save both time and money.

      • Sarah Price Hancock

        The Center for Health and Wellbeing in San Diego has successfully billed PPO, Medicare and Tricare insurances since August 2017.

        • L Ferrante

          Sarah can you please contact me privately thanks or provide info where I can contact you. need your assistance asap. Thanks

  • Buck Simmons

    Hey, do you know if the NTR Therapy service in Atlanta is a good place to have this done? I live in Georgia and would really like to know if it has a good reputation or if you’ve even heard of the place. Execucare is the name.It would really help to not have to travel so far. THANKS for any guidance.

  • Lisa Landers Turner

    Are there any treatment centers in Tennessee or North Georgia or North Alabama? This is very much needed by a dear friend of mine, and I wish all would have this option.

    • http://mylifeas3d.blogspot.com/ DeanDD

      Lisa Landers Turner… Try the Treatment Services Locator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website. Here’s the link:

      • Lisa Landers Turner

        Thank you. I’ll check to see if any use NAD.

    • Shali Michelle Reynolds

      A Neuro-Recover facility (Dr. Humiston’s protocols) is currently under construction in Savannah, GA (Pooler) as well. Emerald Vital Infusions & Neuro-Recover center is set to open in January 2018.

  • pattiaaa

    Kristie hello. Oh my goodness I cannot believe I am just seeing this post from you after all this time!! Can you please forgive me? I would have never just neglected your request to speak to your son about NAD and my experience personally. If by chance you are still in need of someone to talk to about this from a very personal and honest perspective, PLEASE don’t hesitate to reply back or better yet send me your email and I’d be happy to send you my direct phone number. Absolutely would welcome the chance to help anyway that I can. Again, I’m so sorry I was never alerted that you had reached out. Hopefully all is well with your son but regardless, I’m happy to help!
    Sincerely, Patti

  • Sarah Price Hancock

    Yes it works. I recommend a specific type of NAD+ Therapy called NeuroRecover. It is targeted amino acids combined with NAD+.

    But beware, not all transfusion centers are created equal. The NeuroRecover is only available (at this time) at: The Center for Health and Wellbeing (San Diego, CA), Emerald NeuroRecover (Carmel, Indiana), and a Clinic in Santa Fe, New Mexico and one in Tennessee, but I don’t know what they are called. There is also a doctor in Vancouver British Columbia who uses it. The clinic in San Diego takes insurance for the proceedure. Its actually where I am right now.

    This proceedure is rough initially, but by day 5 or 6, it’s like the brain turns back on. I will recommend NeuroRecover to anyone!

    • Shali Michelle Reynolds

      A Neuro-Recover facility (Dr. Humiston’s protocols) is currently under construction in Savannah, GA (Pooler) as well……set to open in January 2018.

      • edward hills

        Dr. Humiston’s protocols do not exist, not at the time my daughter was being treated. I would investigate this individuals history thoroughly before I would allow him to touch any loved one.

    • Shawna B

      Can you please tell me how much your treatment was? I’m in San Diego and I wanted to try this
      . Thank you

      • Sarah Price Hancock

        I got it done at The Center for Health and Wellbeing on 5th street in Hillcrest.

        • Shawna B

          Thanks so much Sarah, I will look in to it tomorrow. I want to get started right away.

      • Sarah Price Hancock

        The therapy is covered by PPO insurance, Mdeicare and Tricare. I got mine done at the end of the year after I had already met my deductible. If a person pays out of pocket, it is $950/day.

        • Shawna B

          Sarah, are you the patient coordinator that I’ve been waiting to here back from all week or a patient? It’s a little coincidental that you both are named Sarah. That will annoy me so bad if the Sarah I talk to on Monday is a Sarah price Hancock…. I will go somewhere else… can’t stand a shill… if not the same person then nevermind and I will update you on what happens.

    • Shawna B

      Sarah, why do you think this neuro recover is best? I’m wondering how it differs from the NAD+ that I’d get from NAD treatment center? Thoughts?

    • Shawna B

      They don’t have the best reviews online. Do you work there or were you just getting treatment there?

    • Shawna B

      And since 5 months ago more centers have opened up using neurorecover… but it’s basically all the same stuff… it’s NAD with added amino acids and they will tailor it to your drug of choice… just ask the center if they put amino acids in their nad cocktail…. most places get it from the same compounding lab so you should also ask where they get their NAD and make sure it’s not too far past it’s exporation date. You better believe I will ask to see expiration’s on all my drip bags once I start…

  • Rob

    Hello there. Any body can tell me if this treatment will work with subutex.
    My son been addicted to subutex for couple years already.

    • Sarah Price Hancock

      Yes! NeuroRecover (NAD+ and 6 targeted amino acids) works for Subutex. The Center for Health and Wellbeing in San Diego regularly works with people who are addicted to subutex.

    • Nicci Thome

      Yes because subutex is an opiate! Is your son abusing the subutex or is he taking it because he was once addicted to other opiates? Some addicts who were addicted to heroine or oxys take it long term and possibly forever because it keeps them sober and able to function in life without going back to pain pills due to chronic pain.

  • Terri

    Would you be willing to share with me?

  • Jim

    Does anyone know if this works for gaba b agonist withdrawals from things like phenibut or GHB?

    • Shawna B

      Well it is commonly used for benzoz like Xanax so I imagine it can help with phenibut… it’s a longer process though so more money out of pocket.

  • lightnesstosee

    why doesn’t anybody talk about the Sinclair Method to end alcoholism? Much higher success rate than AA and abstinence. Is it because people don’t make money off it?

  • Dave

    Yes it can make the diffrence

    • Shawna B

      Have you done it Dave?

  • Nicci Thome

    They won’t work like IV therapy. IV works on a cellular level and it’s abortion is rapid. You would have to take so many pills in order to reach the levels which I don’t recommend because with any herbal supplements you don’t know how much you are taking and you can get toxicity.

  • Kmd87

    Nad and FAST refuel iv for 5 days got me off of a tramadol addiction…6 yrs 7 months and 19000 pain killers later and I’m free.

  • Jason Brown

    How much does it cost, I’ve been on 1 drug after the other for 25years I want to be normal so bad , but can’t get out of bed with out drugs

  • Jason Brown

    We’re is a treatment place that does it in NC

  • Nicm

    Helll. Does anyone know of a inpatient or at least outpatient iv nad. Detox near NJ or ny?. Trying to come off suboxen. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Nickkrmr@gmail.com this is my email if someone can provide this info to me.

  • Nick

    does anyone have any info on a iv nad detox center near ny or nj. Inpatient is preferable or at least outpatient. Any help would be appreciated. My email is at the top. Ty