How to Stop Addictions (Nicotine, Alcohol, & Drugs)

Watch this video to learn effective natural strategies for transitioning out of nicotine, alcohol, and drug addictions.


0:00 Introduction: How to transition off of nicotine, alcohol, and drugs
0:38 What is NAD?
0:57 Benefits of niacin
1:38 What to do about NAD deficiency
2:12 Addiction’s effect on NAD and energy
2:32 Symptoms of NAD deficiency
3:57 Is it advisable to supplement with NAD or NADH?
4:12 Other ways to increase NAD naturally

Addiction to substances like nicotine, alcohol, and drugs can be incredibly difficult to overcome. These addictions harm our mental and physical health and deplete essential nutrients in the body, particularly NAD.

NAD is a crucial coenzyme involved in over 500 different chemical reactions in the body. It plays a vital role in energy production, DNA repair, and maintaining proper cellular functioning. However, addiction to substances like nicotine, alcohol, and drugs can significantly deplete NAD levels in the body.

Symptoms of NAD deficiency include fatigue, muscle soreness, weight gain, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, brain fog, and decreased stamina. These symptoms can make it even harder for someone to overcome an addiction.

To combat NAD deficiency, consider taking vitamin B3, also known as niacin. Niacin helps increase NAD levels in the body, improving energy, helping to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and aiding in addiction recovery.

Some people may experience a flushing response on their skin when taking niacin, which can be uncomfortable. In this case, no-flush niacin can be used instead.

In addition to supplementing with niacin, there are other ways to increase NAD levels in the body, such as intermittent fasting, following a healthy ketogenic diet, and regular exercise.

These lifestyle changes can support addiction recovery and overall well-being. In some cases, clinics offer IV therapy for NAD to help with addiction recovery. However, this can be expensive and not accessible to everyone.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 59, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Thanks for watching! Overcoming addictions can be a challenging journey, but supporting your body's natural production of NAD may greatly help improve the process. I'll see you in the next video!

Dave McKinnon

  • @hoskjr3868 says:

    There is so much more to this than meets the eye. As a recovering alcoholic. About 4 years sober now. I am noticing that the different substances are not the ONLY issue. I am noticing I also have a lot of addictions to my emotions (How I feel). AKA “emotional addictions”. We must also recognize that it is just as easy to NOT have a substance abuse problem but to constantly go through a “vicious cycle” of returning to places in our minds that make us “feel” better but that are not good for us at all. Years of our lives are lost due to “chasing our feelings” just to never reach what we thought would fulfill us or make us happy. We must conquer and overcome our “emotional addictions” as well. There are hundreds of unhealthy behaviors that we could attribute this to. I am learning and realizing more and more of these daily. Thanks for the video, Dr. Berg.

    • @Watchingtheuniverse says:

      I think, Dr. Eric Berg may think of interviewing with Dr. Gabor Maté on the issue of addiction. Thank you for writing about this.🙏🌿

    • @michaelnelson5872 says:

      Hey Hosk, tell me more. This is interesting to hear. I don’t really drink or smoke, but I do find myself in that same cycle.

    • @hoskjr3868 says:

      @@michaelnelson5872 There is a 2 page article from Bill W. (one of the Founders of AA). It’s called “emotional sobriety”. It will show up if you google it. Also on YouTube Jem Veda puts out some good stuff on this. There are plenty of books on it as well. Glad to help.

    • @WES_5150 says:

      Good for you. Im 56. Smoked pot and drank since junior high school pretty much. Much more so in my adult years. I finally got tired of it. Tired of chasing and the burden it all comes with. Same thing happened in my early twenties with cigarettes. Got tired of it. Bothersome. The chase is a false positive to say the least.

    • @hoskjr3868 says:

      @@michaelnelson5872 Understanding people part 15: Societal addictions, this is one from Jem Veda that got me started on this. But very valid and very good points in my point of view. Happy to help.

  • @johnmiranda2307 says:

    Sugar is worse than ALL of them

  • @DreamChaserEiRi says:

    Changed that in sugar and coffee. Works good.

  • @angelolopez681 says:

    Thank you Doctor I have a nicotine addiction that I want to quit

  • @goingrogue6923 says:

    Does this help a true alcoholic that is now chemically dependant on alcohol? They haven’t drank in over 5 months but the desire never goes away.

    • @goingrogue6923 says:

      This person works outside every day doing construction, they lift weights five times a week, they eat mostly carnivore, and they walk a lot outside too. I’m thinking niacin would be good to maintain sobriety.

  • @carissaexplainsitall8481 says:

    Dr Berg…you are a godsend 🙏🏼❤️

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  • @Shekinah7 says:

    Thanks Dr Berg. Hidden unhealed emotional wounds often play a direct role in substance abuse and over eating. Humanity suffers on the whole with feelings of being not good enough or unworthy. We also deal with trauma that often kicks us to seek a way out. It’s a vicious cycle. With eating, we overeat to protect ourselves if we’ve suffered from abuse or we eat to nurture ourselves if we didn’t feel loved as a child. There are many reasons people turn to alcohol and drugs but in my view not necessarily to get a boost of energy. I will try Niacin to see if it helps with my weight loss. Love you and your channel. You’ve helped tremendously. ❤

  • @rebelwithacause5217 says:

    I had a LOT more than a “flush” . I literally thought that my skin was melting! I freaked out, and I was screaming. I didn’t realize what it was from. My husband made the connection. Thank God he was there, because he told me to get into a cold shower and I did. I was shivering from the cold, and still feeling like I was burning from the inside. I was in there for over 5 minutes before it finally subsided. I believe the whole episode was about 15 minutes. I didn’t know that there was a non-flush type of Niacin.

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    • @vanitagomes3794 says:

      Did niacin make you feel like that your skin was melting

    • @mollycoburn866 says:

      I get that melting like a candle and flush when I go for a sprint 🏃‍♀️🥵

    • @rebelwithacause5217 says:

      @@vanitagomes3794 Yes. Thats what I said. To call it a “flush” is a gross understatement. I could only equate it to what it must feel like to have acid thrown on you, but no visible damage.

    • @rebelwithacause5217 says:

      Just in case someone might think I am a “wus” or over-exaggerating, I have endured a 3rd degree burn, and I have had about 25 cortisone shots through-out the years. I don’t even wince with the shots and the burn was painful , and longer lasting, but the niacin reaction was worse for a shorter period of time.

  • @robinsnestradio says:

    Such Great Information! I will share this with my friends here at the senior citizens building. We all can use help to continue to stay healthy. Good Morning Everyone 🌞

  • @bellacairothehookqueen5373 says:

    I was smoking 3 packs a day and drinking 2 bottles of wine a day, I woke up 1 morning and said “I don’t smoke and I don’t drink” and haven’t touched it since. I don’t know why this worked but I do know that I bought a lot of supplements and started taking them. ❤

  • @The_New_Abnormal_World_Order says:

    I love the niacin flush. It helps if I have a cold. However it hasn’t helped with addictions or energy, I didn’t take a high enough dose. I have heard it can help you get off nicotine since it binds to the same receptors. I really want to try the high dose now. I’m hopelessly addicted to caffeine and nicotine lozenges, plus I don’t have enough energy!!! If this helps I will be OVER THE MOON!!!!!!!

  • @timothy790110 says:

    The real addiction is food. Thats one of the hardest ones to kick.

  • @phoenixjackson2847 says:

    Thank you, Dr. Berg. Always coming through. Very informative. Happy health to everyone.

  • @CarveLife says:

    I’ve been clean from alcohol to 6 months. I’ll never go bad. I’m 40 and I feel like I’m bad in my 20s health wise

  • @janedough6575 says:

    I smoked my last cigarette March 25, 2024 08.30 PDST. Third serious attempt after fifty years of smoking. Here’s hoping third time’s a charm 😅

    • @techsir8866 says:

      Don’t ever give up, took me many years and attempts but haven’t touched soda in years. One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

    • @Porkypies6m says:

      giving up smoking is easy..I have done it 100 times

    • @joannebailey8766 says:

      Good luck!!! I’m slowly reducing the amount of cigarettes until I get down to 5 a day. Then I will just quit. I’m at 10 a day right now. I stopped smoking in my house and car, which was a BIG help. We can do it!!!

    • @dustinwarren8430 says:

      You can do it man! Become offended that they control you! Dr berg can help you physically and the Lord can help you spiritually stay strong

    • @samadhiblue22 says:

      There is a nicotine anonymous online …amazing fellowship

  • @Astral-Projector2389 says:

    Honestly. Overcoming trauma, become your true authentic self, your inner child. Heal, and I mean really heal. From inside, start listening to your gutfeeling.
    That is what will be your most valuable tool against all of this.

    Everything else is just extinguishing fires. Not taking control over the root issue.

  • @Blu_coffee says:

    I managed to quit smoking with NAC and cayenne supplements.
    Smoke free since February 2017. Hurray!

    I still take NAC to clean out my lungs. I will never stop it.

  • @jamescps8799 says:

    I am addicted to Dr. Berg’s videos, how??

  • @13romor says:

    I’m 28, but I have been relatively addicted to video games since I am 3 years old I believe, I started binge drinking at 13, I remember the first time I ever binged, my body looved it.
    Smoking since I’m 15, binging p*rn since I was 13, exercising a loot since I’m 13 aswell, anxiety/depression/suicidal varied from 14 to 26 years old, I feel physically addicted to many many things in my life up to this day and having sequels of my mental health issues, even tho I’ve been working on myself/thinking about all these the entire time I’ve been doing them.

    I’m watching your videos for a long time and I find it quite interesting that I always did a lot of things you advice , sometimes without even knowing scientifically that it is helping me, like I’m taking Niacin ( with other vitamins… ), for like 6 months now

    I attempted ( with no deep motivation/conviction ) to stop smoking 4 or 5 times, never managed to handle my 3 weeks later cravings, just not livable,
    I stopped going out to not start drinking 5 months ago, after 1 beer I just can’t stop, and I can’t go out without 1 beer
    I attempted to stop masturbation few times, after 3 days I’m just going crazy mentally/physically
    Last time I stopped playing video games, I was binging all the listed above,
    Working out 4/6 times a week, only habit I truely can enjoy and feel is worth letting myself going in.

    I’m doing good these days, but I believe some people like me are physically screwed, or at least need a huge and constant amount of efforts/research/test to balance themselves, from my perspective.

    Thanks for reading 🙂

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