Michael Lohan was driving home to Laurel Hollow when his car left the road and struck a utility pole on Feb. 19, 2005. Lohan, alone in the car, got out before it burst into flames.
Police charged him with driving while intoxicated and without a license. The father of actress Lindsay Lohan served 21 months in prison for the DWI — the latest in a series of drug-and alcohol-related scrapes with the law for the native Nassau County resident.
Lohan says that he had an epiphany after the crash. And since then, he’s had a calling to help those suffering from substance addiction.
“I saw what it did to my family and to so many people we knew,” Lohan tells the Press. “The accident was a life-changing event for me. I felt a calling from God.”
After prison, he went to work for Long Island Teen Challenge, a faith-based addiction recovery center in West Babylon. There he worked under pastor Jimmy Jack, whom he considers his mentor. Lohan says he was also inspired by Lindsay, who had her own troubles with drugs and alcohol and later became involved with actress Jamie Lee Curtis in a California-based crisis line for troubled teenagers called Teen Line.
Today, Michael Lohan — sober for 12 years — splits his time between Laurel Hollow and Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife and two young sons. His life is dedicated to raising awareness about the current opioid epidemic.
A CALLING FROM GOD
In 2012, he opened his first rehab, Dream Recovery International in Florida, where clients were offered luxurious amenities and daily one-on-one therapy. But Lohan says he saw that people were still relapsing after treatment.
He decided to sell his interest in the center and go out to study the industry. He spent two years researching evidence-based therapies for addiction that have long-term success. He now believes he’s found some of the treatments needed for profound and lasting results.
He and his new partners have teamed up with medical professionals to perfect a medical-neurological detoxification protocol they believe quickly and effectively repairs the brain of substance abusers and heals them from the disease of addiction.
“We’ve had tremendous success with this treatment model,” Lohan says. “In a week or two, we’re doing for our patients what a year of being abstinent will do.”
10 DAYS TO DETOX
The individualized detoxification protocol involves approximately 10 days of IV NAD vitamin infusions, plus neurotherapy, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy for trauma, and brain mapping before and after treatment.
Research shows that NAD — a coenzyme form of vitamin B3 — eases the discomfort of withdrawal, reduces cravings and significantly speeds up the detox process without the use of traditional detox medications. NAD is said to replenish and repair cells throughout the body and restore and normalize neurons in the brain damaged by substance abuse.
“It brings the person back to a state of being clean, like they would be after a year of treatment,” Lohan says. “This is a neurological disease, so we’re approaching it from a medical and neurological standpoint. But, it’s also a spiritual disease. I can’t forget how important God is in this.”
“We just had a woman who came to us, having been on a litany of drugs — some since 1992,” Lohan recalls. “In three days, she had no cravings. In five days, no withdrawal symptoms. By day eight, she felt great and was ready to hit the gym!”
Lohan says the patient left the facility “off all the meds she came in on” and that after just six days of NAD and four neurofeedback sessions, her repeat brain map was 52 percent improved.”
As proof, he videotaped the patient talking about her experience. (See the video below.) And he gave this reporter a copy of the brain scans.
Dr. Kevin Greene, medical director and owner of Bell Eve Addiction Specialists in Cocoa, Fl. and Optimal Wellness Center in Cheshire, Conn. is a certified provider of the Brain Restoration Plus NAD treatment who backs Lohan’s assessment.
“NAD is the miracle molecule backed by scientific research,” Dr. Greene says. “I have seen lives transform before my eyes over a 10-day course of infusion.”
“Withdrawal symptoms are minimal and cravings disappear due to NAD bathing the brain’s receptors in a continuous pool of natural and highly therapeutic coenzymes,” Greene continues. “When combined with psychological and spiritual counseling, and individual and group therapy, patients are now able to make lifelong recoveries.”
Lohan adds: “This (treatment) is rewiring brain chemistry, and correcting it at the same time.”