Building a healthy addiction recovery plan requires several different tools. Therapy, detox, and support groups are common features in a recovery program. IV therapy is another tool that may not be as well known but is highly effective.
An IV delivers vitamin-infused hydration straight to the bloodstream, so it works quickly. IV therapy is often used to treat dehydration, illnesses, chronic medical conditions such as migraines, and situations where patients feel run down, like after an intense marathon or other major athletic feats. IV therapy offers several benefits for people in recovery, such as:
- Detoxification, as the IV fluid helps clear harmful substances from the body.
- A reduction in serious withdrawal side effects that make recovery difficult. These can be physical (nausea, fever, chills, or body tremors) as well as psychological (depression, mood swings, or hallucinations).
- A decrease in cravings for alcohol or drugs.
- A boost in mood and energy, which puts people in a better state of mind to face the challenges of recovery.
- Replenishment of crucial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals lost due to alcohol or drug abuse.
There are different types of IV therapy used during addiction rehabilitation. One features glutathione, an antioxidant that helps the brain and body recover from substance abuse. NAD+ IV therapy is another option. NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a coenzyme that provides fuels for the cells in the body. NAD+ IV therapy assists with cellular repair and improved brain function. It can help fix the brain’s communication pathways, called neurotransmitters, that are damaged from alcohol or drug addiction. It also helps elevate mood and energy levels.
IV therapy for addiction recovery works best as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation treatment program. It should be administered by an experienced medical professional who supervises the patient throughout the therapy session. Anyone who is ready to undertake the journey of alcohol or drug rehab should consider including IV therapy in their recovery toolkit.