BR+NAD Therapy, Day 10
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BR+NAD Therapy, Day 10

My name is Matthew. I’m from here in Louisiana. I’ve been on opiates
on and off for the last five years to the point that they consumed my life,
and basically, became embedded in my identity. Through, even in sobriety, the thought of
using opiates never left me. It wasn’t something that I ever stopped thinking
about or stopped wanting. So, even after gathering some sober time,
the fact that that was still there, really greatly affected me. In a search, or a quest of sorts, to figure
out what to do about these cravings, and this constant thought, I, through the internet, I happened upon the idea of intravenous NAD treatment. I believe I found it on an anti-aging forum
somewhere, and then I did some research, and found that Springfield Wellness Center
was 45 minutes from my house, and I feel like there couldn’t have been a
bigger sign than that, that it was something that I needed to try out. I spoke to some people about it, just that
I found on the internet, about what it did for them, and I almost thought
that this center was almost putting them up to saying these things, because it
just seemed impossible for someone to get such amazing results from, from something like this. Like, they’d have no cravings
and to feel great even after, you know, you jump off an opiate cold-turkey, and you
go do this treatment, and then, you know, a few days in you feel really good. That doesn’t happen. I mean, those that have gone through opiate
withdrawal know that you want to die for, like the first five or six days, and then after that, the depression sets in, the anxiety, the lethargy. And then you have to deal with post acute
withdrawal syndrome, um, but I through talking to a few people it seemed
like it didn’t pass the too-good-to-be-true test. It seemed like it was bogus, but I met Dr. Mestayer and Miss Paula
at Springfield Wellness and talked to them about it,
and they seemed very, very genuine and that they wanted to help people, and
that they were very interested in helping me fix my brain essentially. So, finally I got down here and started the,
started the drip. I kept track of how I felt every day in a log. The first few days, I kind of just felt the usual. I still thought about using all the time. I still had some depression and anxiety issues
and some lethargy, and then it was like, a switch flipped. I don’t know what sort of magic they put in
the BR+ NAD, but I woke up that morning, I think I woke up
at like 5:00 am, which is unusual. I wake up kind of early just because of work, but I woke up particularly early that morning,
and I felt great. Like, I mean,
I had energy, my mood was good, and then the cravings basically vanished. It went from there, you know, 90 to 100% to
zero to 15% or so. So, because using is so ingrained in my mind
at this point, I still thought about it, but it wasn’t a craving. It was more of a habitual thought. It wasn’t something that I would act on. It wasn’t something that I would dwell on all day, and I found myself not thinking about it at all until someone else asked me about it. Which is incredible. Words will never be able to adequately describe
the feeling of going from that negative feedback loop of addiction
consuming your life to having the ability to play the tape forward
in your mind, to see the consequences, to say, “No.” Uh, like I just, I wo . . . I just can’t describe it. That 7th day, I, I wanted to cry about how normal I felt, and I don’t know how to describe it other than “normal.” It was like waking up, and I was 18, 19 years old, and waking up from a five-year nightmare, and realizing that suddenly,
I had some more control, you know. What little control you do have over your life. Suddenly, I felt some returning, and
it felt like my brain was turning back on. And here we are at day 10. I feel awesome. I still have some lingering symptoms,
you know, little mood swings here and there. I’m a little sleepy. But man, if you, if ahhh . . . Two weeks ago, I felt like garbage, mentally, especially. I was in the dumpster. It was horrible. Today, I feel positive. I have motivations to do things. I have, you know, finals coming up, coming up in school. I have the motivation to study all day. I’m ready to take on problems that are existent in my life. Whereas, before, I would run. I would hide, you know. I think, you know, the addiction consumes you, because it becomes your default operating mode for
how you deal with life, and I don’t feel that way right now, and it’s a miracle. It really, really is a miracle, and I’m willing to do whatever I can to make sure that other people know about this. Because, for everyone out there that’s stuck
in that rut, that’s in that cycle of you feel horrible, so you use. And then, you know, as a result of you using, you damage relationships, and you feel worse. And you don’t want to deal with them. So, you continue to use. It feels like you don’t even want to use,
but you continue to do it. I know how horrible that negative feedback loop is, and how nearly impossible it is to climb out of that. I have been to inpatient rehab. I’ve lived in sober living. I came home back to Louisiana, and I still relapsed. I know how hard it is to climb out of that hole. Even after an extensive period of sobriety
post inpatient rehab, I still felt bad. I didn’t feel good then, and I feel better
now even 10 days after doing NAD treatment. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s a miracle. It truly is, and that, you know, I wish I could get as many people in here that are stuck in their condition as I possibly can. Um, I don’t know what else to say other than that.

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