Although seeking help for addiction in any form is better than not seeking help, the research process can be quite intimidating. The behavioral health science behind addiction is constantly changing. New treatment methods are being discovered all the time. Although the main treatment paradigm has relied on the 12-step method developed by Alcoholics Anonymous as far back as 1935, our understanding of addiction as a disease has evolved considerably since then. As it turns out, simply attending AA meetings without doing anything else may not be enough to make a full recovery.
Healing The Brain to Complete Recovery
While there’s no doubt that addiction has a spiritual dimension, it also has behavioral and psychological aspects that can be well treated using evidence-based psychotherapy. On the other hand, there’s also the physical health aspect—namely the health of your body and your brain specifically. As research has shown, prolonged drug and alcohol abuse causes changes in the brain, which can make recovery difficult. Fortunately, cutting edge programs that focus on restoring brain health, in addition to other methods, can complete the recovery picture. In the case of BrainSpark Health‘s NAD Therapy program, participants can get the medical supervision and brain restoration they need for a full recovery.
BrainSpark Health’s NAD Therapy has plenty of benefits. According to an anonymous alum that has been through the program, “What led me to BrainSpark was a decade-long, give or take, opiate addiction that I could not overcome on my own. I had a friend who was in a similar situation to mine who tried NAD Therapy as a means to the beginning of his recovery process. He has been clean since the day he left his NAD treatment center two years ago. Because of his confidence in the process, I decided to try it out on my own.”
The NAD Therapy Difference
For those who are unfamiliar, NAD is short for nicotinammide adenine dinucleotide, an enzyme that helps the body increase serotonin and repair neurotransmitters. Because of its positive effects on mental health, energy levels and general cognitive function, it can play an important role in the early stages of detox and recovery—and alums have said the same:
“The only detox method that I had ever tried prior to BrainSpark was solely trying to kick opiates on my own. Over the past six years, I probably tried to stop opiates between 30 to 40 times and was never 100 percent successful. I tried everything from quitting ‘cold turkey’ to using Suboxone and kratom. Needless to say, I was never successful.”
As previously mentioned, the difference with BrainSpark’s method is that clients can immediately feel a difference in their body and mind:
“The difference between trying to get clean on my own and getting clean at BrainSpark was that I could feel the NAD repairing my brain which had suffered God knows how much abuse over the past decade from my opiate use. One may ask: ‘How could you tell?’ My answer to that is that for the first time in I don’t know how long, I finally felt that the world was not ending. Everything is more clear now than it’s been in years. From my decision-making process, to my outlook on my future, I feel like I finally have a purpose again. It gave me hope.”
A Supplement But Not A Replacement
While it may seem unusual to try a recovery method that isn’t as familiar as 12-step or evidence-based psychotherapy, BrainSpark Health’s program is not a substitute for those methods. Instead, it serves as an alternative to a traditional medical detox that treats withdrawal symptoms with Suboxone or methadone. Instead, participants are given regular infusions of NAD under medical supervision and guided through additional holistic therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki, massage therapy and counseling. These programs typically last between seven to 10 days and provide a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Above all though, it’s best to take the word of someone who has been through it:
“I would highly recommend the NAD treatment to those who are ready to finally get the help that they need. If you’re expecting to walk through the door and be instantly cured without putting in work then this is not for you. Still, if you want to get your life back as badly as I did, this is the best treatment out there.”
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