Addiction Medicine Specialist

Leslie S. Gaskill, M.D.

Primary Care Physician & Holistic Medicine Specialist located in Johns Creek, GA

Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious personal and public health issue, but there are treatments that can help you break the chains of addiction and live a healthy, happy life. For men and women in and around Johns Creek, Georgia, Leslie S. Gaskill, MD, offers intravenous NAD+ therapy to aid in detoxification from opioids, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines, suboxone, methadone, and more. Call the office to set up a visit or book online today to discuss

Addiction Medicine

What is NAD+?

NAD+, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a coenzyme present in all your cells and necessary for human life. It’s also present in yeast, bacteria, plants, and other mammals. All living things require NAD+, and low levels of the coenzyme can lead to wide-ranging health problems. 

Scientists have known about NAD+ since the early 1900s. Since that time, a great deal of research has focused on the role the coenzyme plays in health and wellness. 

NAD+ works as a sort of “helper” molecule that binds to other molecules to create reactions. It’s known to assist in converting nutrients into energy, and also aids in the regulation of biological activity. 

How does NAD+ help with addiction?

Intravenous NAD+ has been used to ease detoxification from opioids and alcohol for more than 25 years. In the last decade, NAD+ therapy became an option for enhancing detox from other substances, including methadone, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines, suboxone, and stimulants.   

When introduced into your bloodstream, NAD+ immediately goes to work replacing essential nutrients and vitamins that are commonly depleted in men and women struggling with addiction. Even more importantly, NAD+ binds to your opioid receptors, which reduces the symptoms of withdrawal and eases the early days of recovery. 

What can I expect from intravenous NAD+ therapy?

The process begins with having an IV placed, which takes just a couple of moments. Next, a solution of NAD+ slowly enters your bloodstream. As the solution travels through your body and into your cells, you may notice the following:

  • Improved mood
  • Improved cognitive clarity
  • Fewer cravings
  • Enhanced energy

There is no pain associated with intravenous NAD+ therapy. The needle used for the IV is very thin, and Dr. Gaskill and her team get your IV started quickly. If needles make you uncomfortable, feel free to listen to music during your brief appointment. 

The treatments also protect your brain from further harm and speed the recovery process. 

Is NAD+ therapy a cure for addiction?

There is no magical or scientific cure for addiction. NAD+ therapy eases your recovery process by supplementing your natural NAD+ levels. The best approach is to incorporate NAD+ therapy into your larger recovery plan, which should include counseling or therapy along with other tools to help you succeed.

For most, NAD+ therapy lasts 10-14 days and is best applied in the early stages of detoxification. Your needs may vary, but Dr. Gaskill discusses your treatment plan in detail before you begin. 

If you’d like to learn more about how NAD+ can help you or a loved one break free from addiction, call or schedule a consultation online today.