As an Emergency Physician, I started helping patients recover from alcohol and opiate abuse in 2011. I rented a tiny closet-sized office, hung out a sign, and said “open for business”. My brother’s death months before from a heroin OD, made my journey clear. There just weren’t any great outpatient innovative and affordable treatment programs at the time. Granted at that time, I was just prescribing suboxone for opiate dependence and benzos for alcohol detox.
Over the next few years, I took care of a lot of people. I studied. I did some things right and some things wrong. I learned a lot. I had great mentors who encouraged me to give every patient the attention and help they needed. I became Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and then a few years later by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. And this was before I even heard of NAD+.