Monthly Archives: January 2017
CARMEL, Ind.– A local father is continuing his fight to help people struggling with drug addiction after losing his own son to an overdose.
Joe Pappas consulted with doctors to find a new way outside of rehab to treat drug addiction. That’s when he discovered a treatment called Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) therapy. Now he offers the NAD therapy out of his new Carmel treatment center called Emerald Neuro-Recover Clinics.
As we get older, NAD levels decline and deplete in all forms of addiction. The ten-day IV treatment replenishes patients with that natural compound all of us have. The treatment focuses on the natural balance of chemicals in the brain and the realignment of neuro-chemicals. In doing so, an addict can significantly reduce the severity of withdrawal and virtually eliminate the craving for opiates.
“I don’t think it would have been almost as easy this last six days had I not had this,” said a 37-year-old patient who was addicted to methadone for eight years. She did not want to be identified.
Pappas says fighting the drug epidemic in our community is his personal mission. His son Aristotle died from an opiate overdose last year.
“A reflection of him that has caused me to get great joy and purpose by helping other people,” said Pappas.
The $15,000 treatment is not covered by insurance, but Pappas says he believes in it so much he wants to make it widely available. He’s currently working with local businesses and looking for donors to help others afford the life saving treatment his son was didn’t receive.
“I think about him every day and I think about what we’re doing every day and it means a lot to me to be able to support the community and help other people. I feel as if it was my calling to do this,” Pappas said.
“By day 10 I felt like a brand new person. I know it`s kind of hard to understand after 10 days. But my anxiety was minimum to none, my depression was gone, my thoughts and my compulsions about using were gone. I feel like I’ve been clean for years. I haven’t even had the thought about using. It feels foreign to me now. Which is a hard concept for me to grasp but I feel so blessed to have my life back.”
-Greg Holman, Client
“When I arrived at Emerald I was hopeless and helpless and full of skepticism from many years of failed attempts to get my life under control. Emerald’s unique approach to recovery gave me hope, and within day’s I was on my way to feeling better and better everyday without any complications. My crash and burn before I arrived here was years in the making but in two short weeks I was given a whole new QUALITY of LIFE! I have now found joy, happiness and a clear state of mind, something I always assumed was unattainable.”
-Mike Purichia, Client