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Detoxing from Opioids

The process and withdrawal symptoms while detoxing from opioids will typically vary in length and severity depending on the class of opiate. This may be due to the strength of the opiate and its corresponding half-life, or the amount of time it takes your body to process the opiate.

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Opioid Addiction Treatment

In addition to counseling and behavioral therapies, conventional medicine will often prescribe methadone or buprenorphine. These type of medications trick the brain into thinking it has an opioid by binding onto the opioid receptors. Other types of medications are used after detoxification from the opioid to help prevent future opioid use by blocking the opioid receptors.

NAD Therapy for Opioid Detox

IV NAD therapy is a great option for detoxification from opioid addiction. For long-term recovery, IV NAD therapy can be more effective in supporting sobriety when combined with behavioral therapy or counseling. NAD therapy for opioid addiction has a unique ability to reduce cravings and help repair the brain.


Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is not surprising that due to it’s strength, fentanyl is the most commonly drug involved in overdoses that result in death. Fentanyl is unique because it can be administered through a patch, a lozenge or can be given as a shot.

How Long Does It Take To Detox From Fentanyl?

Most IV NAD detox centers will recommend 10 - 14 days to detox from fentanyl with IV NAD therapy.


Prescription opiates, such as Vicodin or OxyContin, and heroin have similar effects by binding to the receptors in the brain involved with pain and pleasure. For this reason, prescription opioids and heroin are highly addictive. Either opiate poses a risk of overdose caused by slowed or stopped breathing, which can lead to permanent brain damage or death.

How Long Does It Take T0 Detox From Heroin?

Most IV NAD detox centers will recommend 10 days to detox from heroin with IV NAD therapy. 

Read  Fentanyl Use and Detox From the Heart -

a memorandum helping a loved one battle with sobriety. 

NAD for Opioid Cravings

Treatment of opioid 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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