Moorpark Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Scotland

How We Treat

NAD+ Therapy

Our clients often experience fatigue and exhaustion as a result of substance abuse. Without energy, recovery becomes a huge challenge to our bodies and minds. One way in which Moorpark replenishes the energy levels of our clients is through biochemical restoration, and our excellence in this method is what distinguishes us.

What is NAD?

NAD is known as the energy molecule.  NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) levels are something that exist naturally in the body. NAD+ and NADH are enzymes vital to our energy and metabolism, which both depend on the movement of electrons. NAD+ and NADH help move electrons from one cell to the next. This turns nutrients into energy, helping the body defend itself against physical and psychological illnesses.

In the early 1900s, Dr Joseph Goldberger first studied NAD levels in human beings, hoping to treat the disease Pellagra, which has its roots in niacin deficiency. He discovered that these low NAD+ levels were caused by a range of factors including restricted diet, obesity, malnutrition and alcohol and drug abuse.

NAD levels deplete naturally as we get older, but poor nutrition and overall health advance this process. Alcohol and drug addiction can influence NAD levels, making it more difficult for our bodies to turn nutrients into energy. Biochemical restoration helps redress this imbalance.

What is biochemical restoration?

Biochemical restoration takes many forms. Clients often begin the process by undergoing a blood test, allowing us to build a vitamin profile for them and see which vitamins may need replenishing. The following processes are overseen by our experienced medical professionals.

NAD Treatment via IV infusions

NAD IV therapy (or a NAD drip), is an infusion of the enzymes that your body needs to increase NAD levels. This is the most effective form of NAD+ restoration as it is introduced directly into your bloodstream. NAD IV therapy is administered at Moorpark by a specialist doctor. The process usually takes around 1-2 hours to complete, during which you are able to sit or lie in relaxation.

The restoration process is then repeated two to four more times in future sessions. However, you will begin to notice the immediate effects of increased energy levels and reduced cravings.

NAD injections

An alternative to NAD infusions are NAD injections. These are delivered into the muscle rather than the bloodstream, and are less effective than infusions. However, injections do not require long sittings.

NAD supplements

Nicotinamide mononucleotide supplements are a safe alternative to other kinds of biochemical restoration to those who may have an aversion to needles. The downside of supplements is that the absorption of any nutrient through the stomach is far less effective.

How does biochemical restoration help addiction?

Alcohol and drug abuse can be a central cause of low NAD+ levels in the body. In fact, alcohol abuse is the second most common cause of NAD deficiency after malnutrition, and leads to inflammation and liver damage.

As NAD+ treatment replenishes NAD+ levels in the body, it also helps heal the deterioration that drug abuse has had on the client’s dopamine pathways. Therefore, the treatment has neurological and psychiatric benefits, helping the client physically and psychologically.

NAD+ also:

  • Promotes DNA repair and regenerates cells
  • Promotes chromosome stability
  • Acts as a neurotransmitter, improving cognitive function
  • Aids in pain management
  • Combats depression
  • Improves overall wellbeing

At Moorpark, our team have expertise in biochemical restoration and we recognise it as an important therapeutic process to complement all of the other work we do with clients.