Recovery Care Partner is committed to finding new, innovative ways to tread the terrible disease of addiction. For this reason, we are always finding new avenues and exploring new ways that the medical field is combating addiction around the world. Our commitment and promise for compassionate expert support is of course, substantiated by our commitment to research, academia, medical advancements and the field of addiction treatment at large.
So what new techniques is the medical community trying to help combat the opiate and overall addiction epidemic? Well, one method is Vivitrol. Branded as naltrexone, the once a day pill has technically been around for over 30 years, but a new form of the drug that is administered once a month and helps block the opioid receptors that aid someone in getting high, is relatively new. Naltrexone works in a number of ways. First, it is known to cut cravings for both opiates and alcohol. Also, it will make it so opiates are not received when taken. It is important to understand this as risks accrue when the user cannot feel the amount of the drug they are taking. However, when taken correctly, and in conjunction with abstinence from opiates, it can be very helpful. Furthermore, some people are now taking naltrexone before they engage in drinking to cessate the process germane to many alcoholics of craving, which occurs once the first drink sets in. A large number of people have had success with this method, and the Food and Drug Administration has called it ““a significant advancement in addiction treatment.”
Another innovative way to combat the opiate crisis is via Alda-1, a revolutionary new painkiller that is devoid of addictive properties. The drug is so helpful because it is necessary to provide the world with a safe painkiller alternative. People with chronic pain need something to be prescribed to them, but as it stands, prescribing them with addictive opiates just creates more addicts. This sentiment was echoed by Daria Mochly-Rosen, the professor who discovered the compound and said, "Finding a new pain medication is important because we need a safer drug; there are 17,000 deaths from prescription opiate overdoses [each] year.”
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is another type of therapy being use to combat addiction in individuals. This non-invasive tool uses pulses to change activity in varying areas of the brain, including those that affect addiction, habit-making and cravings. The ability to alter these dynamics in an addict’s brain is incredibly crucial, as anyone with any experience with an addict will understand. A similar strain of therapy is memory reconsolidation, which entails rewiring devastating memories that trigger the destructive behavior that is so central to addiction.
If you are interested in intervention and treatment that stays at the cutting edge of the scientific community, look no further than Recovery Care Partners. We have a wide understanding and compassion for addiction and other related afflictions.