On a daily basis, we hear about another heartbreaking overdose or death due to heroin and opiates. Heroin addiction is now an epidemic in this country. Many people addicted to opiates are turning to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to get than the prescription painkillers. This summer, CNN reported that nearly half of injection heroin users, first abused a prescription opioid.
For many people suffering from heroin addiction, one of the biggest deterrents to seeking treatment is the withdrawal period. Heroin withdrawal symptoms vary for each person and may only last a week or so, but the symptoms can be severe.
In general, most people seeking treatment are first going through a medical detox using prescribed drugs that are known for their ability to suppress withdrawal symptoms and craving. Unfortunately, people often use these drugs for purposes other than their intended use. Many people use them as a way to maintain their addiction. In some cases the drugs activate the opioid receptors in the same way as heroin and there is a potential to become dependent on the drug being used for detox.
There are researchers and experts on the forefront of addiction medicine who are developing other methods for detox and seeing great success. The NAD Treatment Center is currently the only detox center in Southern California certified to provide some of these new detox therapy.
In our opinion, intravenous NAD is the most effective first step when addressing 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. Learn more about NAD here.
Pioneered by Innovative Health Solutions, The Bridge is an FDA cleared device that helps target the pain and discomfort that patients can experience during withdrawal from opioids. The device fits behind the ear and sends electrical feedback to the brain, blocking the pain of detox.
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. VIVITROL is the first non-addictive drug approved by the FDA to prevent opioid use following detox. It is an injectable that is taken once a month and blocks the pleasure feelings associated with opioid or alcohol use and does not produce a “high”.
While counseling addresses the psychological aspect of addiction, VIVITROL works on the physical by blocking the pleasurable feelings associated with opioid or alcohol use. This combination is proven to be an effective treatment.
The NAD Treatment Center Detox Method
MD has combined existing technology and treatment with his unique counseling sessions to create his detox method. It is comprised of NAD/BR+ Brain Restoration Therapy™, The Bridge, VIVITROL and counseling.
While each part of his detox method can be used as a stand- alone treatment, we recommend that patients suffering from addiction to opioids engage in the entire program to ensure optimal results.
If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for addiction, NAD Treatment Center is your best first step. Our team of compassionate professionals is ready to help you. Call us today at (844) 623-7587.