Frequently Asked Questions
What is addiction?
The American Society of Addiction Medicine has released a new definition of addiction that characterizes addiction as a chronic brain disorder, rather than a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex. The release was widely reported in scientific publications and the popular media. Led by former President Michael M. Miller, M.D., DFAPA, FASAM, the ASAM group that drafted the definition spent four years examining the literature and consulted more than 80 experts in the field.
Dr. Miller says the definition reflects research studies funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as well as related work by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. According to the new definition, “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.
This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. “Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”
Addiction is a medical condition that involves the chemistry of the brain. The restoration of the brain’s proper chemical balance is the major requirement for clarity of mind, mood stabilization, and the elimination of cravings. Our intravenous NAD/BR+ Detox assists in this process. We also believe that the use of specific amino acid supplements—specifically L-methylfolate—also assists in the process of brain restoration.
There are as many reasons to become addicted as there are people who become addicted. In most cases, NO ONE begins by believing they will become a slave to an external power that completely consumes and controls their life. As people continue to use addictive substances, receptor function decreases, which requires the increased use of substances for pleasure or just a sense of well-being. In the absence of external substances, the body experiences a neurotransmission deficit. Some people begin by taking drugs to feel “high,” while others begin by innocently increasing their prescription use to achieve the original effect.
Who can become addicted?
Anyone can become addicted if they overuse powerful, mood-altering substances. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of evidence to indicate that certain people are at greater risk for becoming addicted. Statistically speaking, a spectrum of problems (alcohol, drug, tobacco addiction, etc.) tends to occur together in these individuals, rather than being independent variables. There may be a genetic basis for a propensity to become addicted.
A gene on Chromosome 11 manages a specific dopamine receptor (D2). There are two major versions of the gene: A1 is found in approximately 25% of the population; A2 is found in about 75%. In one study, 52% of cocaine addicts had the A1 version, and only 21% of non-addicts had that version. Other studies have found that the presence of the A1 version is strongly associated with addiction and many other obsessive-compulsive disorders. Individuals with the A1 version may have 30% fewer D2 receptors than those with the A2 version. Fewer dopamine receptors may mean that A1 carriers are not rewarded by the same internally generated stimulus that A2 carriers find satisfying. Thus, these individuals self-medicate, seeking satisfaction.
Programs to evaluate genetic determinants to brain function are emerging. We are able to link up with resources that begin to address these issues, which may result in improved aftercare treatment.
What is Brain Restoration Plus (BR+)?
BR+ is an NAD-based system that includes Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide—a chemically accurate name for a coenzyme of Vitamin B3, and other vitamins, minerals, and amino acid supplements. Although NAD is produced naturally by the human body, the stress of living, combined with the additional stressors of alcohol and drug use—even prescribed drug use—chemical dependency, trauma, depression, anxiety, and chronic stress deplete the body’s supply of NAD and overwhelm its production capacities. Because NAD is essential for proper brain functioning, restoring NAD levels and “rebalancing the brain” are key to treating addiction, alcoholism, and other brain-related conditions such as PTSD, depression, and even neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
BR+ is an IV protocol that restores the patient to a nearly or completely craving-free condition—a “brain reset” to that of the normal, healthy, addiction- or illness-free brain.
Is the treatment safe?
Absolutely. Our trained and licensed nurses work under the supervision of a licensed physician who approves a customized treatment plan and reviews each patient’s progress. The intravenous solutions are made by a U.S.-licensed, Class 100 sterile compounding pharmacy with an ISO Class 7/5 Clean Room. Archway’s NAD/BR+ formulation is 100% pure—a guarantee of safety and effectiveness that exceeds formulations from anywhere else in the world.
What is the treatment process?
The detox treatment usually takes 10 days, with an IV infusion that varies from day to day. A patient questionnaire and a physical help provide a medical history and assessment of the patient that informs the individualized treatment plan tailored to the needs of the patient.
Each day of the treatment a nurse inserts an IV line. The patient relaxes in a lounge chair while the NAD/BR+ formulation slowly infuses through the vein. The patient may watch television, read, eat, and even doze while receiving the infusion. At the end of the day, the IV is disconnected and the patient leaves the clinic, though we strongly recommend that the first four days of treatment the patient be accompanied by a loved one.
Most people are able to tolerate infusions well with little or no side effects. A patient may experience tightness in the chest, though this is not cardiac related, and nausea when the rate of infusion is too fast for their individual tolerance. Side effects disappear when the rate of infusion is adjusted. Uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal and cravings subside surprisingly quickly. Between the second and eighth day patients typically report feelings of amazing mental clarity. The severe physical symptoms of withdrawal are reduced and in many cases are eliminated; however, the full 10-day protocol is required to complete the treatment and minimize or eliminate physical cravings. Note that following treatment the psychological aspects of addiction still need to be addressed.
What about multiple addictions?
Based on an accurately completed patient questionnaire,NAD- BR+ Detox can simultaneously treat addictions to many combinations of prescribed or illicit substances, including prescription drugs, recreational drugs, methadone, Suboxone, crystal meth, and alcohol.
Are patients given other drugs to ease their detox?
We preferentially use non addictive supplements and medication to assist in the detox. The NAD/BR+ formula is completely natural and nutritional—made up of substances a healthy body produces anyway. Medical supervision ensures that detoxing patients do not experience seizures or any other acute medical condition.
Is NAD/BR+ a cure for addiction?
The disease of addiction is a chronic illness, like diabetes. There is no “cure” to date. BR+ is a safe, effective management tool.
What’s so special about intravenous NAD/BR+? Can’t I just buy NAD supplements at the health food store?
Yes, NAD supplements are available over-the-counter, but unfortunately do not deliver the results of the intravenous NAD/BR+ infusion. For one thing, experience has shown us that the quality of the NAD formulation—its concentration and purity—is critical. We now source our NAD/BR+ exclusively and require the same of our endorsed fellows. When you purchase an over-the-counter supplement, you really have no control over the quality and efficacy of the product you are purchasing.
Second, our NAD/BR+ formulation also includes amino acids and other nutrients that we have found speed the effectiveness of the NAD. This formulation is only available in intravenous form.
Third, for reasons that have not yet been determined, the IV delivery works far better than any oral delivery system we have encountered. We wish that weren’t the case, as the treatment would be far more portable and affordable if oral supplements produced the same results. A nasal spray is available that may be more effective than an oral supplement, but the results we have touted on this website and in our patient research were delivered via intravenous NAD/BR+.
Can the patient ever resume use?
No. If the patient uses any mood-altering substances after treatment is complete, the brain’s chemical balance will be altered and physical cravings will likely return. However, if a patient does relapse, a simple one- to three-day booster is sufficient for restoration, provided the patient returns for a booster as soon as possible after using, or if cravings return.
After treatment, is normal life possible?
After treatment the patient is no longer physically addicted and may certainly resume a normal life. However, an addicted person will typically not have been leading a normal life for some time. In order to rejoin the world successfully, a variety of aftercare coping strategies can be helpful. We are happy to refer patients to any of the following:
- AA, NA, and other 12-step programs
- Individual psychotherapy
- Group psychotherapy
- Family psychotherapy
- Nutrition programs
- Exercise programs
- Affinity and other social groups
- Residential and/or intensive outpatient programs
Is BR+ effective for treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases?
Early results are “Yes.” In the few patients we have treated, NAD/BR+ has been almost “surprisingly” effective. Symptoms recede rapidly, to the amazed confirmation of their supervising physicians, who sometimes even question their original diagnosis. More research is needed to confirm and explain how NAD is effective: does it “turn off” one or more genes that have contributed to the illness; does it repair and restore DNA; does it “simply” rebalance the brain’s chemistry? We don’t yet know the answer.
How do I begin?
Call us at (321) 735-4312
Where will I stay will undergoing treatment?
We will accommodate you for your stay.
What should I bring?
A change of clothes for 10 days. Please check with www.weather.com using Cocoa, FL, zip code 32922 to determine what you will be comfortable in wearing. You may bring any quiet activity that does not disturb others. Television and Internet access are provided. We ask that patients keep phone conversations to a minimum.
Do you accept health insurance?
We are not a Medicare / Medicaid provider; however some private insurance companies may provide coverage. We will work with you to contact your insurance carrier to confirm that you have mental health coverage. A deposit for the NAD, detox, portion of your treatment may be required, which will be reimbursed to you when you continue on with our rehabilitation program.
Is there any assistance available if I do not have insurance?
Some patients may qualify for financial help through MyTreatmentLender.com.