A life-threatening epidemic encompassing the nation has recently reached a boiling point, as the majority of drug overdoses in the United States stems from opioids.
Evidence suggests that prescribing opioid painkillers has contributed to the epidemic.
Between 1999 and 2008, prescription painkiller sales quadrupled, and in 2010, opioid overdoses were four times higher than the number in 1999.
Four out of five heroin users started by misusing prescribed opioid painkillers. Prescriptions become harder to obtain and too expensive forcing users to turn to the cheaper, no-prescription-needed heroin.
Overly prescribed opiate painkillers and the accessibility to heroin undoubtedly plays a major role in the drug overdose crisis. Many of these deaths could have been prevented as more and more people become “accidental addicts.”
For example, Rick was a real estate developer that was prescribed painkillers after a motorcycle accident. What started as a routine remedy for pain crept into a physical dependency in which Rick was taking up to 60 Norco, also known as hydrocodone, a day.
Why is opiate addiction hard to treat?
Opioids bind to receptors in the brain, which result in a euphoric feeling. While this is effective in relieving pain, it also stimulates the release of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens, known as the ‘reward center of the brain.’ The euphoric feeling of the opiates and the release of dopamine fuels the desire and motivation to continue using, exacerbating a never-ending cycle.
Even if one does gather the emotional strength to break free from addiction, the withdrawal symptoms thereafter are a mountain of its own. Vomiting, headache, chills, muscle pain, insomnia, and a rapid heart rate are just a few of the withdrawal symptoms that can last for several days.
As one continues to use opiates in greater amounts, the brain produces more opioid receptors. These opioid receptors are extremely hungry for opioids, and require more opioids to maintain the euphoric feeling. This process is known as “receptor upregulation.”
If the receptors are not filled and remain empty, then pain signals are sent and the desire to use again intensifies. Simultaneously, the release of excess dopamine is a signal for the brain to naturally produce less dopamine, resulting in an imbalance of neurotransmitters within the brain. A combination of the abundant opioid receptors and released dopamine creates a perfect environment for dependence, tolerance, and cravings.
NAD+ therapy has been clinically used since the 1960’s to help break free from chemical dependence. NAD+ is an all-natural, vitamin B derivative, with minimal side effects.
NAD+ therapy has been observed clinically to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings in 90 percent of patients. Furthermore, over 90 percent of these patients remained sober 12 months later and 20 months later. A statistic like this is impressive when compared to the conventional methods of detoxification and rehabilitation.
NAD Treatment Center Detox Method
NAD+ therapy helps rebalance the brain and replenishes your body with the essential coenzyme needed for cellular repair and vitality. In addition to NAD+ therapy, the NAD Treatment Center Detox Method ™ utilizes innovative technology, including the BRIDGE, to help minimize pain and the FEAR of pain.
The NAD Treatment Center is also a provider of VIVITROL, a non-addictive drug approved by the FDA to prevent opioid and alcohol use after detoxification. It’s important to note that NAD+ therapy is not a replacement for rehabilitation, and it is recommended to follow up with an after care program after NAD+ assisted detoxification from chemical dependency.
The NAD Treatment Center often refers patients to trusted aftercare and sober living facilities to ensure the best recovery and rehab in San Diego.
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