What is NAD+ Therapy and How Can it Help Me During Detox?

NAD+ therapy is an IV treatment that is often used to combat the degenerative effects of aging, however, it is quickly gaining popularity as a treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. This trendy treatment is able to reduce withdrawal symptoms, alleviate drug cravings, boost energy levels, and improve mental clarity by healing your body at the cellular level.

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can be physically painful and mentally agonizing. The mere thought of having to go through the unpleasant withdrawal process stops so many people from getting the help they desperately need. Unfortunately, many of the prescription medications that are often used during detox cause side effects or come with risks, but NAD+ therapy is different. It is a healthy, natural alternative that can help you overcome withdrawals with little risk or adverse side effects.

What is NAD+?

NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is a coenzyme that is naturally produced in your body. Its job is to energize cells and restore neurological health--an important task that is accomplished by converting the energy you consume from food and drinks into cellular energy. 

NAD+ and its closely related phosphate, NADP, are important cofactors in more than 400 enzymatic reactions in the body. In other words, your body needs NAD+ to function optimally.

Administering IV NAD+ helps boost the levels of NAD in your body. This can promote healthy brain function, repair DNA, and restore neurological signals in your brain.

What is NAD+ Therapy?

NAD+ therapy consists of a slow IV NAD+ drip. A medical professional will insert a needle into your arm and connect it to tubing that delivers a liquid to your bloodstream. The actual infusion process is fairly straightforward and is completed in as little as 30 to 45 minutes.

NAD+ therapy is useful in treating a variety of ailments, including:

  • Drug addiction
  • Alcoholism
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Aging
  • Neurodegenerative diseases


Substance abuse depletes the body of its natural energy sources as well as vitamins and minerals. Even the natural reserve of NAD+ in your body gets drained after long-term substance abuse and addiction. However, supplementing your body with NAD+ therapy can help restore this natural reserve, repair neurons in your brain, and promote overall well-being.

Benefits of Using NAD+ Therapy During Drug and Alcohol Detox

Overcoming addiction may be one of the most difficult challenges you face in your lifetime, but NAD+ infusions can set you up for success. Benefits of NAD+ therapy for addiction detox include:

Reduce the Severity of Withdrawal Symptoms

How severe your withdrawal symptoms are during detox depends on the type of drug you are detoxing from, how long you were addicted to it, and the severity of your addiction. Symptoms range from mild flu-like ones such as headaches, sweating, body chills, and nausea to more severe ones such as tremors, hallucinations, suicidal ideologies, or seizures. 

An effective way to reduce the severity of your withdrawal symptoms is by using NAD+ therapy. Researchers have found that NAD+ therapy can significantly reduce symptoms of opioid and alcohol withdrawal with little to no adverse side effects.

Natural Cell Regeneration

NAD coenzymes convert the food you eat into the cellular energy that fuels your mind and your body. When your body’s natural reserve of NAD is depleted, your cells can’t carry out this function effectively. As a result, you may feel physically tired and mentally fatigued.

NAD+ infusions promote natural cell regeneration, meaning NAD+ therapy works to improve cellular communication throughout the body. When used during drug and alcohol detox, these infusions speed up your body’s restorative abilities which can improve your mood, give you more energy, reduce drug and alcohol cravings, and flush addictive substances from your system at a faster rate.

Clear Brain Fog 

“Brain fog” is a term used to describe mental fatigue or the inability to have clear, focused thoughts or concentrate on a specific task. Brain fog can come with symptoms like short-term memory loss, forgetfulness, confusion, lethargy, and slower mental processing.

Fortunately, NAD IV infusions are able to combat brain fog because they improve cognitive function by regenerating your brain cells and providing the cells with the nutrients they need to carry out tasks more efficiently. NAD+ is so useful in improving cognitive function that it may be able to slow the decline in cognitive function in individuals struggling with Alzheimer's disease.

Boost Energy Levels

NAD+ plays a vital role in transforming the foods you eat into fuel that your body can use. When your body doesn’t have enough NAD, your cells may not be able to make the most out of this food, meaning much of your so-called “fuel” is going to waste, causing you to feel tired and fatigued. 

By restoring your body’s natural reserve of NAD, NAD+ therapy can boost your energy levels while combatting the effects of withdrawal.

Start Your Recovery at a World-Class Residential Detox and Treatment Facility

If you’ve experienced drug or alcohol withdrawal in the past, the idea of experiencing it again may seem like something you never want to go through, but with NAD+ therapy, detox doesn’t have to be scary. Wish Recovery offers NAD+ infusions at a five-star residential addiction treatment facility with private and semi-private rooms and a menu of luxurious amenities. 

Start your recovery today by contacting one of the qualified admissions specialists.

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