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NTR NAD Therapy

Natural Assisted Detox (NAD) is a new and innovative approach to treating and alleviating the withdrawal effects of addictive substances such as cocaine, narcotic painkillers, heroin, marijuana and other drugs. As one can guess from its name, it makes use of naturally occurring substances that are made in the body and are depleted from the body is cases of substance abuse.

Withdrawal and drug addiction

Drug addiction creates changes in the brain chemistry which produces a re-wiring of the brain synapses and as a result, interferes with the connections in the brain. This is a similar mechanism in the wiring of electronic devices; one shortage in a cable can cause an entire entertainment center to shut down.

When someone halts their drug or alcohol use, they begin to go through the process of detox. This involves their brain trying to put things back to right and get rid of the harmful chemicals that were introduced to it through the substance use. The detox process is what creates withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms occur upon the cessation of the addictive substance and can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful. Withdrawal symptoms are usually polar opposites of the addictive symptoms that are produced by the specific drug. For example, cocaine is a type of stimulant and causes elevation of mood, increases in alertness and energy and increases the feeling of supremacy. In contrast, cocaine withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety, fatigue, body and muscle aches and the inability to feel pleasure, also known as anhedonia. Each particular drug, whether it is nicotine, alcohol, heroin, morphine or cocaine, produces its own physical dependent and withdrawal symptoms.

How it works

NAD is a combination of Neurotransmitter Restoration (NTR) and Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) therapy that delivers vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the brain through oral or intravenous administration in order to help repair these connections in the brain, promote brain cell healing and ease the physical painful side effects of withdrawal.

NTR specifically uses the mixture of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to create new neurotransmitters which are the chemicals that send signals to regulate mood and emotions in people. Examples of neurotransmitters involved in the addiction process are dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, all of which positively contribute to mood, sleep and concentration. These neurotransmitters are depleted when the addictive substance is eliminated from the body and therefore this natural therapy helps restore these important chemicals for proper brain function to occur.

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme that is used in all aspects of energy producing cycles in the human body. It helps promote cell growth, cell function and allows the body to create a chemical known as Adeninine Triphosphate (ATP) which is the energy building block of life. Although every cell in the body requires NAD for energy and growth, the brain uses ten times more NAD energy than any other organ. NAD can be synthesized from simple building-blocks from the amino acids tryptophan or aspartic acid. Niacin, more commonly known as vitamin B3 is also a precursor for NAD. When niacin is depleted in the body it can cause nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches and fatigue, proving that niacin is an essential vitamin. Chronic niacin deficiency leads to a disease called pellagra. NAD is also an important coenzyme in the metabolism of alcohol. Another function of NAD is alcohol metabolism. Without NAD, alcohol cannot be broken down into its basic components in order to be cleared from the body.

How it is administered?

As previously stated, NAD can be delivered through an intravenous line or through oral administration. This treatment is delivered by a certified nurse under direct supervision of a physician. The nurse is monitoring the patient throughout the entire duration of the infusion therapy. A nurse is available on call around the clock in case any questions or concerns arise during this treatment. The patient is usually in a relaxing room where they can have access to televisions, Wifi, reading material, blankets, pillows and foods to help ease the withdrawal pains.

NAD is usually administered over a period of eight hours or more in order to initially relieve the symptoms of physical withdrawal. The therapy is then continued over a period of one to two weeks to help restore brain connections, neurotransmitters and restore clarity and mental wellness. Withdrawal symptoms from multiple substances are reduced by 50 to 60 percent in the first three days and by 70 to 80 percent by day four. The treatment program also includes a booster intravenousĀ NAD supplementĀ treatment every three months for the first year. The use of oral vitamin supplements is also recommended for about a year.

The effects of Natural Assisted Detox

NAD provides cell growth and repair throughout the body and especially in the brain while easing the physical side effects of addiction. It restores neurotransmitters and it produces elevation in mood. It also enhances cognition, memory, and elevates energy levels while promoting overall mental well-being. This entire therapeutic approach is natural and does not use any fortified additives or chemicals.

If your or your loved one is dealing with substance abuse and trying to break free, NAD can make the first step to freedom that much easier. To learn more about NAD and where to find treatment programs for substance abuse, contact the Colorado Detox Helpline.

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