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PTSD Awareness Month: Patients battling PTSD and addiction find hope in NAD therapy
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Human resilience plays an important role in protecting man from becoming a victim of trauma resulting from any kind of painful experience or that involving danger and threat. Though not all experiences leave a permanent imprint on the mind, certain incidents can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health problem characterized by unwarranted emotions of agony, fear, nervousness and constant anguish. Despite this illness affecting nearly 3.5 percent Americans in any given year, as per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), clinical studies conducted to date have not been able to come up with any permanent treatment for the same.

To raise public awareness about PTSD and various treatment methods available to manage it, every year, the United States observes the “PTSD Awareness Month” in June. Despite increasing commonality of this disorder, not many know much about the disorder and the way it influences daily lives of patients. Elucidating the need for increased knowledge about PTSD, Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD Dr. Paula P. Schnurr, said, “Greater understanding and awareness of PTSD will help Veterans and others recognize symptoms, and seek and obtain needed care.”

The fact that any kind of experience can act as a trigger and force the patient to relive old fearful memories makes the problem more dangerous. People afflicted with PTSD tend to seek relief in illicit substances, including drugs and alcohol. An attempt to wean off drugs, initially used as a means of self-medication, results in comorbidity of unrelenting anxiety coupled with withdrawal symptoms characterized by cravings and impaired functioning. Some PTSD patients also exhibit signs of chronic fatigue syndrome, resulting in opiate addiction, culminating in accidental opioid or heroin overdose.

NAD Therapy: A breakthrough treatment for PTSD

Among the therapies prescribed for PTSD, doctors recommend IV NAD+ therapy because of its efficacy in alleviating the symptoms of this debilitating mental illness. After few days of IV NAD+ therapy, patients experience a sudden decrease in anxiety and other problems linked to the psychological disorder.

NAD IV therapy is essentially a comprehensive all-natural vitamin therapy that not only helps overcome cravings and withdrawal symptoms but also ameliorates cognitive functioning affected due to PTSD. The therapy is based on the simple biological existence of coenzyme Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) in almost all cells of the human body. The enzyme helps in metabolic reactions and its deficiency prevents cells to process and use carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. Prior studies have also highlighted the significant role of NAD in gene expression associated with age-related disorders.

Advocates of NAD therapy stress on how its infusion can kick start the recovery of PTSD patients who use various substances for self-medication. The biggest problem that people addicted to substances face is a tendency to relapse. This therapy ensures rapid detoxification without the agony associated with intense alcohol and opiate withdrawal. In addition, patients report of minimal continued cravings attributed to recurring relapsing tendencies. The natural components involved in this therapy helps improve cognitive functioning apart from instilling a sense of well-being.

Treating dual problems of PTSD and addiction

Zero side effects of this therapy guarantee complete recovery from pain and discomfort associated with addictive habits and help reverse the feelings of trauma and depression linked to PTSD. People battling co-occurring problems of PTSD and addiction find it difficult to recover and hence, need to undergo a comprehensive treatment in dual diagnosis rehab centers.

The Sovereign Health of El Paso, Texas specializes in treating all kinds of co-occurring conditions. The dual diagnosis treatment centers in Texas offer support for treating comorbidity of PTSD and substance abuse and help in the quick recovery of patients availing necessary treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online for more information about residential dual diagnosis treatment centers in the U.S.

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