I Tried NAD Cellular Detox, Here is What I Learned

As one of just a few centers in the U.S. offering NAD Cellular Detox, The Foundry provides a unique treatment option that effectively eases the discomfort of withdrawal, reduces cravings and significantly speeds up the detox process without the use of traditional detox medications.

Providing not just a detoxification of the body, NAD creates a state of total sobriety within days rather than weeks or months. After a 10-day NAD infusion, dopamine increases six-fold, which would normally take one year on an antidepressant. It also allows the detox process to occur without the use of traditional detox medications, which can prolong the detox process and increase the risk of exchanging one addiction for another.

This 10-day IV treatment consists of a mega-dose of NAD or Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, which is a co-enzyme of niacin or B3 that releases energy into the body’s cells. This speeds up the cellular processes and chemical changes in the brain, equipping the mind and body to move toward successful recovery, which can, in turn, make time spent in residential treatment incredibly powerful and effective.

Prior to adding NAD Cellular Detox to our treatment program, we asked The Foundry’s Registered Nurse, Rudy Spector, to experience the protocol and learn about the treatment in detail. Below she shares her experiences and knowledge around NAD Cellular Detox in a Q&A session.

Q: Why did you try NAD Cellular Detox?
A: Before deciding to offer this to participants at The Foundry, we wanted to be sure the benefits of the NAD Infusion would be a good fit for our treatment program. There is no better way to determine this than by trying it ourselves.

Q: What did it involve?
A: I experienced the ‘Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, PTSD, Brain Healing, and Anti-aging’ series. I was connected to to an IV for seven to eight hours a day for four days. Some people can handle the infusion at a faster rate but the protocol I had should never be infused any faster than six hours. That was challenging at times, but it is not unlike what someone in a more traditional detox setting would experience. You are still able to take care of your basic needs like going to the bathroom, eating, sitting in a chair, lying on a bed - but you have an IV bag nourishing your body at the same time.

Q: Did it hurt?
A: Other than a prick to the skin to insert the IV, it didn't hurt at all.

Q: How did you feel after the treatment?
A: I felt more energetic. My head was clearer, and I felt happier. My experience isn’t as impactful as it would be for someone who is detoxing from an addictive substance, but I did see remarkable changes. It is clear to me how helpful this could be to others.

Q: What would someone experience at The Foundry?
A: There are four NAD Cellular Detox protocols to help those with addiction issues. These include four treatment protocols for stimulants, alcohol, benzodiazepines and opiates. All four of these protocols are 10-day infusions that require seven to eight hours a day. As you receive the infusions of NAD, you are immediately increasing energy in your brain and heart cells and this in turn improves your mood by stimulating production of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline. NAD can reduce irritability and anxiety throughout your detoxification process. It has been proven to take the cravings away as well as reduce depression.

Q: Why do you think this would be helpful for those entering addiction treatment?
A: I work with many people going through detox and my heart goes out to them. It isn't an easy time. For some, it is the beginning of true recovery. I have also seen people detox then decide against treatment, only to find themselves back in detox again shortly thereafter. Addiction rewires the brain chemically, which is why NAD Cellular Detox can be so helpful. The full detox process can take weeks or months. The NAD Infusion speeds up the process to a fraction of that time by power washing the brain and altering chemical irregularities. NAD offers clients a better chance at success, both physically and mentally. For those who are ready to take that first step towards recovery, it can be a powerful weapon against the disease of addiction.

Q: Are there any symptoms or negative side effects from NAD Cellular Detox?
A: If the infusion is going too fast for your body to tolerate, you can experience nasal congestion, stomach cramping, tingling in your arms, and heaviness in your chest. Symptoms can be instantly stopped by slowing the rate of infusion.

Q: Are there any other medications administered throughout the infusion?
A: Depending on the protocol that is specific to your needs, a Myers’ Cocktail will be given on alternate days of your infusion prior to the NAD. This is an intravenous vitamin infusion that enhances the immune system, reduces fatigue, reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia and asthma and can help with seasonal allergies. The Myers’ Cocktail takes less than an hour to infuse and is an added benefit of the NAD infusion. Other medications available for your comfort include Zofran for nausea, Kavinace for relaxation, Tylenol and Ibuprofen for any aches and pains, and a few others. Every effort is made to make this experience as comfortable as possible.

Q: Who is a good candidate to do NAD Cellular Detox?
A: While NAD Cellular Detox has been shown to help anyone experiencing addiction issues, we have found it to be particularly helpful for those struggling with opiate and alcohol abuse.

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