Addiction FAQ

Addiction/Detox

 

What is the NAD Treatment Center?

The NAD Treatment Center specializes in cellular rejuvenation, and treats chronic conditions stemming from the brain with an application of intravenous NAD+ (IV NAD+) and complementary therapies.

Through the use of IV NAD+, we are able to help restore brain function, specifically for people suffering from chronic illness, depression, anxiety, autoimmune conditions and stress.

IV NAD+ also has a profound effect on those suffering from drug addiction and those who are seeking detoxification from chemical dependence. Our NAD Treatment Center Detox MethodTM integrates leading edge treatment with alternative therapies and counseling in order to naturally decrease the effects of withdrawal and set our patients up for lifelong recovery. With more than 37 years of experience in treating addiction, Phillip Milgram, M.D., has developed a holistic approach to detox that addresses the whole patient – body, mind, and spirit. He is also a certified provider of BR+ Brain Restoration TherapyTM using intravenous NAD+ and other cutting-edge technologies. Inspired by the Springfield Wellness Center’s time-tested protocol, our NAD+ treatment helps to diminish the effects of brain-destroying conditions, such as addiction and substance abuse.

In our opinion, intravenous NAD+ is the most effective first step in treating drug and alcohol dependence. Patients report little to no withdrawal symptoms when going through detox from opiates and alcohol.  Following treatment, patients generally report a reduction in cravings, increased energy, and improved mood.  

When combined with ongoing coaching and counseling, patients are able to make a life-long recovery.

We collaborate with leading experts, and aim to be at the forefront of learning more about the benefits of NAD+ in treating other disorders and disease states. As researchers discover additional use cases for NAD+, we will incorporate these therapies into our programs.

 

What is NAD+?

NAD+ stands for Nicotinamide (nick-o-tin-a-mide) Adenine (ad-a-nine) Dinucleotide (di-nuke-lee-a-tide). It  is a coenzyme of niacin found in all living cells on planet Earth. It is basically the building block of a healthy body that the brain, our internal organs and neurological systems need to function at optimal efficiency.

As we age, our NAD+ levels decline. Addiction, depression, stress and illness also deplete our NAD+ levels. A significant increase in NAD+ levels  helps to restore brain functionality. As a result, patients have experienced increased clarity of mind, better problem-solving ability, improved focus and concentration, increased energy, improvement in mood, decreased anxiety levels, and reduced cravings.

 

Who is Dr. Milgram?

Phillip Milgram, M.D., serves as our Medical Director at the NAD Treatment Center. He is San Diego’s exclusive certified provider of a proprietary BR+ Brain Restoration TherapyTM pioneered by The Springfield Wellness Center, the first and longest operating NAD+ clinic in the United States. Dr. Milgram has also recovered from his own challenges with addiction.  He trained in 1991 with Vernon Johnson, the man who coined the term “Intervention” and has a passion for helping other people in recovery.

 

Who is Tom Ingoglia?

Tom Ingoglia serves Dr. Milgram as director of Business and Development at NAD Treatment Center. He is also President of the Center for Research on Addiction & and Brain Health Inc. Tom was chronically ill with multiple chronic conditions including chronic fatigue, widespread chronic pain, brain fog, opiate addiction, Lyme Disease, and Flouoroquinolone adverse reaction. NAD+ abruptly changed everything for Tom after 8 long years of this chronic distress.

 

How long does it take?

While we personalize every NAD+ treatment to each person’s individual needs, a typical addiction detox treatment is 10+ days and a typical day of infusion is 6-8 hours.

 

What is the treatment process?

Our approach starts with a thorough assessment of the patient’s physical, emotional and mental health to help us develop a personalized treatment plan, and determine what their protocol will be.

Our physician then prescribes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) to be administered intravenously under the supervision of our trained medical staff. If a patient is coming in for drug detox, he or she may also be fitted with the Bridge Device on their first or second day of treatment. The Bridge is an auricular device that helps mitigate withdrawal symptoms within minutes of application and is worn for 5 continuous days. If a patient is coming in for conditions other than drug/alcohol detox, he or she will be assessed on the first or second day of treatment for additional therapies that can help boost the patient’s health to an optimal level.

All of our treatments are outpatient in nature.

Throughout the course of treatment, patients may receive additional counseling and alternative therapies that can include everything from emotional and spiritual healing to holistic approaches like massage, reiki, cryotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and much more.

Following treatment, patients will be recommended different treatment plans and recommendations. This may include prescription VIVITROL injections and continued therapy for detox/addiction patients or other options like nutritive counseling and psychotherapy. Our goal is to make sure that each patient’s treatment both in and out of the NAD Treatment Center is as individualized as possible and that we do everything we can to ensure our patients’ success.

 

Does treatment have to be intravenous? Can I just buy NAD+ supplements at the health food store?

For serious conditions, drug or alcohol addiction, and radical rejuvenation, the intravenous application of NAD+ is currently the only recommended therapy. Store bought NAD+ supplements are not recommended for these conditions, simply because oral supplementation is broken down through digestion and is therefore not as bioavailable as intravenous therapy.

In addition, while NAD+ supplements are available over-the-counter, you really have no control over the quality and efficacy of the product you are purchasing. Store bought, over-the-counter NAD+ does not deliver the results of the intravenous NAD+ infusion.  

  • Experience has shown us that the quality of the NAD+ formulation—its concentration and purity—is critical.
  • We use the proprietary formulation developed by Springfield Wellness Center and it includes amino acids and other nutrients that they have found will speed the effectiveness of the NAD+. This formulation is only available in intravenous form.
  • Because intravenous treatment bypasses the digestive system, IV delivery has proven to work far better than any oral delivery system we have encountered.

 

Are patients given other drugs to ease their drug detox?

Yes. We use non-addictive vitamins, minerals, and other natural supplements as well as medications to assist in the detoxification process. Along with medical supervision, these supplements and medications ensure that detoxing patients do not experience seizures or any other acute medical conditions as they complete their detox. The NAD+ formula is completely natural and nutritional. It is made up of substances a healthy body produces on its own.

 

How is NAD+ treatment perceived by the conventional medical community?

In recent years, awareness of NAD+ has increased among both consumers and the traditional medical community. Research and studies continue to support the benefits of NAD+. Acceptance of NAD+ as a valid form of treatment varies depending on geography and other factors. We can supply you with research and articles if you are interested in additional information.

 

What happens after treatment for addiction?

After treatment, the patient typically no longer suffers from the physical symptoms of addiction. Full recovery and wellness for an addicted person may come through a variety of aftercare options, depending on the person. We are happy to discuss best options for you and make personalized referrals for the following:

  • 12-step program
  • Individual, group or family psychotherapy
  • Life Coaching
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Residential and/or Intensive Outpatient Programs.

 

How does NAD+ help with addiction and substance abuse?

Addiction is a chronic disease that alters the chemistry of the brain. Restoration of proper brain biochemistry helps to break the addiction. Our NAD+ protocol replenishes brain nutrients that have been depleted by substance abuse. Patients have reported significant reduction of cravings and a significantly reduced or eliminated desire to use. Our treatment restores clarity of mind, stabilizes moods and reduces cravings. This helps patients break free of alcohol and drug addictions with minimal withdrawal symptoms.

 

Is it a cure?

The disease of addiction is a chronic illness. To date, there is no “cure” and this treatment is not a substitute for recovery, therapy or medical treatment. It is the beginning of the healing process. At the end of treatment, patients generally report a reduction in cravings, increased clarity of mind, better problem-solving ability, improved focus and concentration, increased energy, and improved mood.

 

How much does it cost?

The price for The NAD Treatment Center Detox Method can range between $6,000 to $17,000, depending on the specific program that is recommended for you and discussed with NAD Treatment Center staff.

For reference, a typical 10-day treatment is $13,500.

While every treatment is highly personalized to the needs of each individual, a typical 10-day treatment includes treatment includes:

  • 10 days of high concentration NAD+ intravenous infusions
  • Upgraded nutrient and micronutrient IV infusions
  • A number of additional holistic therapies like massage, reiki treatments, cryotherapy, acupuncture, float therapy, or other alternative therapies based upon what the patient needs.  
  • Personalized vitamin and mineral nutrient supplementation throughout 10-day treatment
  • Personalized nutritional protocols customized per diagnosis, organic lunches & snacks each day
  • Mental/Emotional/Psychological counseling

The NAD Treatment Center Detox Method is considered an acute medical procedure, because the NAD+ is introduced directly into the bloodstream.  It must be administered by a medical doctor and licensed RN.

 

Is this covered by health insurance or wellness plans?

While we are not yet a Medicare / Medicaid provider, and are unable to file claims directly with your insurance company, we can refer you to a claims specialist that will provide you with all necessary documents to seek reimbursement. We do however, offer financing options and accept all major credit cards.   Financing is offered through My Treatment Lender (www.mytreatmentlender.com).

 

Where are you located?

Our outpatient facility is located at:

4080 Centre Street, Suite #105

San Diego, CA 92103

 

Are there hotels nearby?

We would be happy to refer you to hotels in the area.  There are numerous hotels that range in price and location. We also have a network of sober living accommodations. We would be more than happy to help determine accommodations for you during your treatment.

A few nearby hotel recommendations include:

(budget) Super 8 Hotel Circle San Diego

(economical) La Quinta Inn & Suites

(resort) The Catamaran Resort & Spa

 

How do we contact NAD Treatment Center?

Our toll free phone number is (844) 623-7587.  Or 844-NAD-PLUS

You can also complete a form on our website at NADtreatmentcenter.com or send an inquiry to admin@NADTreatmentCenter.com


What sets NAD Treatment Center apart from other NAD treatment facilities?

We feel confident about our ability to properly treat patients with our NAD+ program because of our extensive experience and official training that other centers may not have.

We make each patient’s treatment completely customized to his or her individual case. Dr. Milgram does a comprehensive initial consultation and creates an NAD+ protocol that best serves the patient’s health goals and needs. Sometimes that requires more than ten days and sometimes it requires less. No two patient’s treatments will ever be exactly alike.

Dr. Milgram and his RNs prioritize compassion and care.

Because Dr. Milgram has been through detox and recovery himself, he brings a deep level of understanding to each patient’s case. And our nurses seek to spend quality therapeutic time with each patient they encounter.

The NAD Treatment Center is not a place where patients will be stuck to their chair or lonely for the length of their treatment. Each patient room is equipped with comfortable recliners, televisions, mini-refrigerators, and other amenities to make the treatment experience as comfortable as possible. Patients are also welcome to have their infusion done outside on our patios in the San Diego sun…you will experience a true mind/body/spirit detox and reboot.

 

Can my family or friends join me for my treatment?

We welcome family members and friends to spend time with the patient for as long as they like for the first two days of treatment. After that, we prefer to honor each individual patient’s journey going through treatment and we have found that patients do better if their family and friends are not around them all the time. Family is more than welcome to drop off meals or spend an hour or so with the patient, but patients have reported much more success on every level if they are able to have some alone time during treatment. Of course, considerations may be made for particular cases.

 

What is a booster? What about aftercare?

Booster NAD+ treatments are 1-3 day treatments of NAD+  that are done in addition to the patient’s initial treatment. Not everyone would need a booster treatment. This is something that Dr. Milgram and the RNs will help each patient determine as the patient goes through the treatment. They will also help each patient create Relapse Prevention Plans and Relapse Action Plans as well as comprehensive integrative aftercare plans.

 

Do I need to wean off my drug of choice before I arrive for treatment?  

Dr. Milgram will determine exactly what your pre-treatment care plan will look like when he does the initial comprehensive consultation prior to your treatment start.

 

Is it safe?

Yes. IV NAD+ is completely safe. We are proud to report that in over 1,000 treatments of NAD+ therapy, there has not been one adverse reaction. We have a team of licensed nurses working under the supervision of our licensed physician, who approves a customized treatment plan and reviews the progress. Our intravenous solutions are administered by a medical doctor and licensed RNs.

 

Is it approved by the FDA?

Because NAD+ is a vitamin supplement and naturally produced by the human body, the FDA has not found reason to assess NAD+ therapy.

 

Are there any conditions that NAD+ would not be recommended for?

Yes. There are certain cases where NAD+ may not be the most recommended treatment plan. Please give us a call to discuss your particular case.

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