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Alcohol Detox

Long-term alcohol use can alter the communication in the brain and can cause significant damage to the neurons. NAD is a vital coenzyme the body utilizes to repair damaged cells, especially neurons. NAD has been shown to protect brain cells from damage. IV NAD therapy has been used to help support the brain and other organs during detoxification from alcohol.

Alcohol Treatment

The conventional approach for alcohol dependency, or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), may involve medication, behavioral therapy, and support groups. Medications, such as Acamprosate and Naltrexone, can be used to help reduce consumption by reducing cravings or rebalancing the neurotransmitters in the brain. However, clinical studies has shown the effects of these drugs to be marginal. Behavioral therapy and support groups are a great option to help address the craving triggers and social patterns, but do not address the physical consequences of AUD.

Is NAD Therapy used for alcohol detox?

To answer simply, IV NAD therapy is a great option for detoxification from alcohol. For long-term recovery, IV NAD therapy may be more effective in supporting sobriety when combined with behavioral therapy or counseling. 

Other Consequences From Alcohol

When the body metabolizes alcohol, it changes the coenzyme, NAD+, into its reduced form, NADH. With an increased NADH:NAD+ ratio, your cells don’t have enough NAD+ to produce energy. One drink may not affect you NADH:NAD+ ratio to cause irreparable damage, but long-term or heavy alcohol consumption will have a significant and negative impact on the body.

How long does it take to detox from alcohol?

Most clinics that offer alcohol detox with IV NAD therapy will recommend 10 days.

NAD for Alcohol Cravings

Treatment of alcohol addiction continues to be a challenge because the cravings are often the biggest challenge to sobriety. NAD therapy has been used because it has a unique ability to significantly reduce cravings. This pilot study retrospectively examined the anti-craving properties of NAD in a group of 60 patients. Additionally, patients were assessed on the severity of cravings and relapse episodes at 12-20 months post-treatment.

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The conclusions of this pilot study


  •  NAD is an effective detox treatment for alcohol and opiate addicts as evidenced by a significant reduction in craving ratings.

  • NAD was effective in reducing and maintaining the number of relapse episodes, as well as the severity of drug cravings.

  • NAD shows potential as a long-term therapy in maintaining sobriety through minimizing drug cravings and preventing relapse.

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