“With the opioid crisis now declared a public health emergency, important steps must be taken to address the toll of addiction”
Paula Norris Mestayer, a popular Counselor and trailblazer in the treatment for chemical dependency, has just brought out her incredible account of discovering, and continuing to develop a original concept, in order to treat the brain disease which keeps addicts off the wagon.
Mestayer’s recently released, well received book, which is entitled: “Addiction: The Dark Night of the Soul/NAD+: the Light of Hope,” gives readers the benefit of her insights from 20 years plus clinical expertise. During this time, she delivered infusions of NAD+ (a natural niacin coenzyme), via intravenous injections, in order to empower her patients to successfully quit alcohol, opiates, and other habit-forming substances. Moreover, those in her care only experienced weak cravings and withdrawal symptoms; and they were not drawn to substitute a different addictive narcotic.
A Great Discovery That Made a Difference
As the American opioid eruption festers more and more with each passing day, Mestayer’s strategy offers an excellent answer to help sufferers kick the habit for good, and regain their mental balance and optimum health. In the first instance, the author came across the NAD+ treatment when she was desperately trying to help her daughter, who had unfortunately become an addict. When she saw the incredible results, she was prompted to start offering the same to the addicts who sought advice at her therapy practice.
In addition, Mestayer’s book, also puts the spotlight on how NAD+ treatment has been instrumental in the restoration of patients’ brain processes when they are suffering from: PTSD, depression, and neurodegenerative conditions such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Avoiding Pharmaceutical Substitutions
In the book’s preface, Mestayer writes: “When you finish reading, I hope you’ll become an ambassador for a conversation that can change the course of neurodegenerative diseases and addiction treatment in our country. There’s no reason to prolong our national addiction nightmare. There’s no reason to substitute one narcotic for another and call it therapy”. Indeed, substituting a patient’s addictive substance of choice for another narcotic is not always a very tangible solution. Moreover, it can mean more unwelcome pharmaceutical side-effects, and long-term reliance on the substitute.
More About Paula Norris Mestayer
Mestayer is a member of the American Counseling Association, is a Louisiana Counseling Association Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association. In 1969, she graduated from Louisiana State University, and worked as an educator for 11 years. She received graduate degrees from Tulane University for independent study in psychotherapy and education, and then went on to the Manhattan Children’s Psychiatric Hospital to serve her her clinical internship.
Mestayer served 22 years as a consultant with the Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment Units at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She then set up an outpatient clinic in 2001, providing services for the treatment of acute stress and chemical dependency, using infusions intravenously, thus leading to the generation of BR+NAD at Springfield Wellness Center.