MAT vs. NAD IV Therapy: Which Offers the Best Support for My Detox?

When you have a substance use disorder, your mind and your body have become hijacked by addiction and dependence. The first step toward freeing yourself from drugs or alcohol is detoxification, and this step can be difficult, thanks to withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Thankfully, some therapies can help minimize the side effects of detoxing, creating a much easier path toward your sober life.

At Tres Vistas Recovery, Dr. Daniel Headrick and our team offer two approaches for detoxing safely and more comfortably — medication-assisted treatments (MAT) and NAD IV therapy.

In the following, we look at how each works to help you decide which approach is best for you or whether both can play a role in getting you through detox.

How MAT can help

Whether you’re struggling with a substance use disorder, there are two components that you need to address to get sober — addiction and dependence. 

Very briefly, dependence is your body’s reliance on drugs or alcohol, while addiction describes the altered neural pathways in your brain that favor using. When you experience a craving, that’s the addiction side, while experiencing tremors is the dependence side.

To offset these side effects, we can turn to specific medications that greatly reduce the withdrawal symptoms and curb the cravings, such as:

  • Buprenorphine 
  • Naloxone
  • Naltrexone

The brand names that contain one or more of these ingredients include Sublocade®, Subuxone®, Vivitrol®, and Subutex®.

These medications can help enormously during detox as they can greatly reduce withdrawal symptoms simultaneously and block the intense cravings you may encounter when you quit using.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, MAT is effective in helping patients to successfully detox without needing inpatient care and also plays a role in helping people to sustain their recovery.

NAD IV Therapy for Boosting Health

Misusing substances can wreak havoc on your health, down to the cellular level. We turn to NAD IV therapy to restore your overall health and wellness.

At the heart of NAD is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is present in all cells and influences:

  • Energy production
  • DNA repair
  • Gene expression
  • Immunoregulatory processes

By providing you with NAD IV infusions during your detox, we help your body to heal and your mind to regain clarity and focus. At the same time, NAD can help offset the unpleasant side effects of detoxification, including mental side effects like anxiety.

One or both

When it comes to which approach can best support your detox, the answer is either or both. The choice comes down to your preferences. 

For example, if you’d prefer to ditch medications altogether when you detox, NAD IV therapy may be best.

If you don’t mind using medications to weather the detox, you can also use NAD IV therapy to boost your mental and physical health at the same time.

To figure out which approach is best for your detox, contact our office in San Juan Capistrano, California, to schedule a consultation.

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