NAD Therapy Explained

Today, more than ever before, you have a range of therapy options for overcoming addiction. If you are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, NAD therapy might be a good fit. 

What is NAD Therapy?

NAD therapy is formally known as Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Therapy. NAD is an enzyme that occurs naturally in your body. It is part of the niacin family, and niacin helps give you energy. Niacin is what converts your food into cellular energy. 

NAD therapy helps boost your levels of NAD. 

What is NAD Therapy Used For?

Like most naturally occurring elements, NAD can be reproduced in a laboratory. If your body does not have enough, you can supplement it with medically supervised NAD therapy. This therapy boosts the levels of NAD in your body. 


Under normal circumstances, increased NAD can repair communication between your cells, repair your DNA, and improve your brain function. But people addicted to drugs and alcohol struggle with depleted levels of NAD in their bodies. This makes it difficult to break down food and convert it into cellular energy. The less NAD you have in your body, the more likely you are to become addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Drug and alcohol addiction are not the only sources for low NAD in your body. PTSD, anxiety, even depression can reduce your NAD stores. So, if you have anxiety over your addiction, are depressed about a relapse, or have PTSD you are trying to fix with drugs, you are at an even higher risk for less NAD. 

How does NAD Therapy Work?

Lab-produced NAD is put into an IV and slowly infused into your bloodstream. Using an IV means the NAD goes directly to your brain, giving you an immediate boost of energy. For addiction, NAD therapy:

  • Flushes any remaining drugs from your body by increasing cell energy
  • Reduces the withdrawal effects by improving cell function and mood
  • Curbs cravings and reduces the pain of withdrawal
  • Produces more energy so that you overcome the crash associated with detox

NAD therapy can be used regularly too. It can significantly reduce cravings and symptoms associated with opioids and alcohol but be advised that you might need other treatments to go along with your NAD therapy in order to enjoy a full recovery. Before you enter a detox program, a proper medical assessment will help determine whether NAD therapy should be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. 

Is NAD Therapy Right for Me?

Your first IV treatment will give results that last between 4 and 14 days. This varies based on your health and the substances you are overcoming. Even one dose can help you offset the serious withdrawal symptoms during detox, most of which last between 3 and 7 days. 

If you are struggling with addiction and the combination of substances, you may have a high risk of serious physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. In this case, you might consider using NAD therapy as part of your detox program to reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Certain drugs like heroin, barbiturates, or cocaine traditionally require a detox program that weans you off of the initial drug by giving you a less severe drug. The point of this is to help your body slowly remove the toxins without doing so all at once. 

However, in some situations, you might not want to wean your body from a stimulant to a benzodiazepine because of previous addictions or because of allergies or other health complications. NAD therapy is a viable alternative in these situations but still helps decrease the severity and length of your withdrawal symptoms without switching you to another drug.

How to Find NAD Therapy near San Bruno, CA

If you are ready to pursue NAD therapy, then let Marina Harbor Detox help. Our private, luxury facility gets its name from the street on which we are located. We offer a range of services for supportive detox and NAD therapy. Withdrawal and rehab can be dangerous and painful when done alone, so let us help you. Our facility boasts the most advanced, evidence-based techniques to help you overcome your addiction.

Let Marina Harbor Detox guide you through your detox journey. Whatever substances have made their way into your life, we can help make them leave.

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