A couple of years later, Tom got news that his best friend from childhood, a heavy crystal meth user, had killed himself, and the same week, he received word that his father, brother and nephew were each killed in car accident. “I remember thinking, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ But I was overwhelmed by my sickness, even more than the loss of all of these people who mattered so much to me.” Suicidal thoughts began to cross Tom’s mind, “I started to think, ‘Is life worth living with a pain this great?’ But, it was the hope of recovery that kept me going.”
Throughout Tom’s eight-year battle, he was prescribed consistently and persistently more medication. For six years, he was taking excessive amounts of Hydrocodone and Tramadol every day.
“I had no idea that I was addicted. I was just doing anything I could to get rid of this pain.”
Tom became obsessed with researching symptoms and treatments, and learned about the NAD+ treatment. He visited a clinic, and on Day 7 of his treatment, “It hit me. I started feeling better. I felt amazing. There was a calm that came over me. I felt safe. I just had no cravings for drugs or pain meds. There was no need for them. I just didn’t have the excruciating pain that I had before. I felt eight years of pain melting away.”
Tom’s pain began to dissipate, and he started getting his energy back. “I was so paranoid of relapses, because they had happened in the past, but over the course of the following months I started feeling better, just as the clinic had predicted. Finally, I got my sanity back.”
More than a year later, Tom has nearly fully recovered, from both his illness and his cravings for pain medications. He’s immersed himself in better understanding the NAD+ that saved his life, along with related treatments, and has engaged two cofounders to assist him in building out a facility to help bring this treatment to others in similar situations.
“I’m committed to The Health Addiction because I have been committed to this mission for the past 10 years. The Universe is telling me something. This is bigger than me. This is my calling.”