NADH Therapy for addiction
NADH Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) + Hydrogen (H). This chemical occurs naturally in the body and plays a role in the chemical processes that generate energy production. NADH has been found to reduce fatigue, ageing, increase cognition and assist with detoxification for people suffering with addiction. The benefits are enhanced clarity of thought and effective functioning. NADH is administered as an intravenous push.
This is new type of therapy that has shown to be helpful to people going through detox and with addiction. It is a fairly new treatment but is currently being used widely in the USA top treatment centres.
We are pleased to be able to offer this treatment to our clients at Lifeline in the UK.
History of NADH and the science behind it
NADH/NAD+ Therapeutic Uses
NADH is used orally to increase ATP, the energy currency of the cell produced in the Krebs cycle. NADH has proven to be useful in the following conditions: Parkinson disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and anti-aging. NAD+ is used to improve the ratio of NAD+ to NADH in drug and alcohol abuse. Increased levels of NAD+ speed up brain cell repair. NAD+ has been used intravenously in holistic addiction therapy to improve physical recovery at the molecular level, as a part of a wider approach including spiritual, mental and emotional changes.
History of NADH
Research on Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy (NRT)
After many years of research on the use of amino acids, minerals and vitamins to speed up the detoxification process from opiates, alcohol and other drugs, Dr. William Hitt, an American doctor and scientist, created a protocol for drug addiction recovery, known as Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy, (NTR). This protocol addressed the neurotransmitter depletion and neurotransmitter receptor damage due to drug or alcohol overuse. Drugs produce their psychological effect by mimicking brain neurotransmitters, either by plugging into the receptor site or modifying the receptor site itself. When drug abuse ceases, the brain recovers on its own, but it may take up to a year or more. This protocol speeds up this recovery time, therefore reducing the possibility of relapse due to cravings. Studies found that his protocol not only reduces cravings but limits side effects of drug withdrawal and promotes long term recovery.
Research on NADH
In the 1980’s with the support of the World Health Organization, Dr. Hitt, conducted a clinical trial in his clinic in Mexico. He administered his Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy protocol to 3000 patients and follow them up for 3 years. After 3 years, 70 per cent of them were still sober, 2 to 7 times higher than the recovery rate of conventional approaches. After being forgotten for several years after his death, the Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy, is coming back to life with those who worked with him and are now popularizing his treatment. NAD+ is used, not only for recovery from addiction, but also for PTSD, anxiety and depression, chronic illness and anti-aging.
“NAD has emerged as a putative metabolic regulator of transcription, longevity and several age-associated diseases, including diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases”.
How Does NAD Work?
NAD+ / NADH and Brain Repair
NAD+ is absorbed by the astrocytes in the brain. Astrocytes have the important role, among many other functions, to provide nutrients to repair neurons after traumatic injury. “Our latest studies have suggested that NADH can be transported across the plasma membranes of astrocytes, and that NAD+ administration can markedly decrease ischemic brain injury”.