How Ketamine and NAD Can Help With Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Substance use disorders don’t discriminate; they affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Drug and alcohol addiction are common illnesses that cause significant impairment and health problems. Ketamine and NAD are unique therapies that effectively treat drug and alcohol addiction at the core.

Learn how the physicians at Klarity Ketamine Clinic of Las Vegas use these medications to help patients recover from substance addiction.

What are Ketamine and NAD?

Ketamine is a medication used as an anesthetic and to produce relief. It is used off-label to treat depression, anxiety, and pain, as well as drug and alcohol addiction.

Your provider may combine ketamine with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), a coenzyme of the B vitamin niacin. NAD helps the body produce energy and is commonly depleted in people with drug and alcohol addiction. Replenishing NAD levels helps keep patients comfortable during recovery.

Ketamine and NAD are safe to use in a medical practice and can only be prescribed by a trained medical professional.

When used for therapeutic purposes, including the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, specialists Dr. Henry Liang and Dr. Christian Munk administer ketamine and NAD as an intravenous infusion. Here’s how this cutting edge therapy can help you overcome substance addiction.

Ketamine erases drink-related memories

With recurrent alcohol use, the brain creates alcohol-related memories that serve as powerful drivers to continue using alcohol, despite health harm and interference with daily life. Ketamine is shown to disrupt harmful behavior patterns.

Strong memories related to substance use can create powerful urges when you’re trying to stop using drugs and alcohol. These memories can hijack the mind and make you vulnerable to relapse if you do attempt to abstain from drug and alcohol use.

Ketamine can disrupt memories, so you aren’t vulnerable to environmental triggers. For example, passing by a bottle of alcohol at your local store can trigger powerful memories from when you consumed alcohol, making it difficult to resist. Ketamine can disrupt these memories so patients don’t experience cravings when exposed to environmental triggers.

Ketamine and NAD therapy reduce withdrawal symptoms

Experiencing powerful withdrawal symptoms are cited as one of the most common challenges of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. Ketamine and NAD can help manage drug withdrawal symptoms.

Ketamine’s anesthetic properties make it an effective medication for reducing common withdrawal symptoms, including pain, nausea, and gastrointestinal discomfort. The addition of NAD helps boost energy and reduces the negative effects of withdrawal, such as fatigue.

The providers at Klarity Ketamine Clinic can develop an individualized treatment plan to help you manage withdrawal and successfully recover from substance addiction.  

Ketamine and NAD reduce cravings

In people with drug addiction, the brain creates new pathways related to drug use. When you use drugs, your brain releases chemicals related to behavior reward. It’s this reward feedback information that creates new pathways in the brain meant to reinforce the behavior.

These pathways drive you to repeat drug use even if it is causing harm. Ketamine and NAD can help interfere with drug-related pathways. NAD helps flush drugs and alcohol out of the system, while ketamine blocks reward signals related to addiction.

As a result, patients experience reduced cravings for their drug of choice, making it easier to recover mentally and physically. A comprehensive treatment plan can help you abstain and recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Maintaining sobriety

After the team at the Klarity Ketamine Clinic help you detox from drugs and alcohol, ketamine therapy can be used to help you maintain sobriety. Treatment goals include controlling or eliminating drug and alcohol cravings so you can maintain a healthy drug-free lifestyle.

If you’re struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, ketamine therapy can help. To learn more, call our Las Vegas office to schedule an appointment with a provider at the Klarity Ketamine Clinic or book online.

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