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Nutritionally Assisted Detox (NAD)

Nutritionally-Assisted-DetoxA natural way to begin treatment

Chronic drug use alters the structures and chemical composition of the brain. Once the drug is removed from the system, it takes time for the brain to return to normal. In fact, it keeps waiting for the drug to come back, often leading to severe withdrawal symptoms that are the opposite of the drug’s effect. For instance, people who are withdrawing from heroin often experience muscle aches. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and occasionally dangerous. The severity of these symptoms might cause a person to relapse or even refuse to quit in the first place.

Nutritionally assisted detox (NAD) uses a mixture of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to ease the patient through the withdrawal process.

Through NAD, patients experiences a faster detox period than they would through detox programs that rely on pharmaceutical medications. In fact, many patients feel not only clear of the abused substance but refreshed also. That’s because NAD involves a natural mix of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that can cleanse the body of harmful substances and repair damage to the brain caused by said substances. NAD is an efficient method of detox for anyone battling addiction or substance abuse.

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This unique program — adjunct to traditional detox — alleviates patients’ symptoms, such as fatigue, anxiety and depression. It regulates emotional stress levels and restores the functioning of mental clarity for those in treatment. Patients then might experience greater well-being or optimism in the next steps of a holistic recovery program, which also jumpstarts cognitive function lost through substance abuse.

Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and drugs, such as opiates, are reduced by 50 to 60 percent in the first three days, and by 70 to 80 percent by day four.

Sovereign Health strives for a solution that eases the detox process and heals the brain simultaneously, because substance abuse and mental health issues cause serious damage to the brain, leading to a lengthy recovery period. The all-natural NAD treatment program at our San Clemente, California, location includes orally administered amino acid supplements, as well as intravenously administered nutrients and minerals.

How does it work?

After drug cessation, the brain will eventually re-establish its old connections and rebuild lost receptors and neurotransmitters. This is a gradual process, however, that can take anywhere from several weeks to several years. NAD therapy speeds up the brain’s natural healing process by flooding the brain with amino acids, vitamins and other substances.

What are the benefits of NAD therapy?

Our infusion IV therapy of nicotinic acid supplements and other nutrients eases the discomfort of withdrawal. Patients’ nutritional needs are met through an infusion of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Sovereign Health’s rapid drug NAD program includes access to traditional addiction recovery support along with cutting-edge detox technology, all with a nutritional approach. A traditional detox process leaves the brain’s healing up to time and chance. NAD therapy works directly to repair the damage done to the brain’s neurotransmitter receptor systems caused by chronic substance use. Other detox approaches usually use potentially addictive medications, which prolong the process and increase the risk of exchanging one addiction for another. Sovereign’s extended withdrawal process uses IV nutrient infusion to administer drug-NAD therapy and assist brain restoration.

Staff and concierge services

Our NAD program allows for executive accommodations in a scenic and confidential setting in San Clemente, California. Our personal rooms include a workspace for laptops and other electronics during detox. We also offer complimentary Wi-Fi for patient internet access. The medically supervised NAD therapy program consists of both intravenous and oral supplement administration by a registered nurse following doctor’s orders. A physician and his or her assistant are available for assessments or any questions during the process. A licensed nurse also monitors patients during the entire time that the IV is in place. This program has a nurse on call 24/7 for patients in the NAD-specific residential home.

The concierge staff consists of a case manager and a patient advocate. House managers, who are familiar with the special needs of detox, also provide around-the-clock care. These professionals have extensive experience working with people to overcome alcohol or drug addiction. Blankets, pillows, snacks and meals are provided to help ease the transition of recovery. The house managers will also arrange transportation and provide additional support during NAD therapy. NAD features include:

  • 3-, 5-, 10- or 14-day NAD therapy sessions
  • Natural, nonaddictive medications
  • Minimized withdrawal and elimination of cravings
  • Relief from anxiety, depression and stress
  • Restoration of mental clarity
  • Specially trained detox staff


The treatment program also includes a booster intravenous NAD supplement treatment every three months for the first year. The use of oral vitamin supplements is also recommended for about a year. Call our admissions team today to discuss NAD therapy for addiction recovery. You can also complete a free confidential assessment, while learning more about our addiction, mental health and dual diagnosis treatment programs at 866-819-0427.


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