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Drug Addiction affects everyone because it affects society as a whole. The consequence to our economy is about $150 Billion dollars. The impact on our loved ones is 125,000 deaths. These numbers belong to year 2003 and they keep increasing every year. More than 20 Million people in our country need treatment for substance abuse, right now.
After researching treatment, insurance coverage, treatment accessibility, our recent society problems and its relation with addiction itself, we see treatment as a gift that you give yourself. Everyone could benefit from taking time out of their stressful routine and reassess their lives and what is important to them.
Sometimes our search for pleasure and pain avoidance contributes to our addictive cycle. Our best thinking when we are in our addictive patterns gets us in more trouble and the chronicity of addiction continues.
The contingency management therapy uses a point based system. It rewards patients when they have a negative drug test and can exchange their points with healthy living items. On the other hand, cognitive behavioral interventions help enhance coping skills of life stressors and modify expectations and behavior of patients that have had problems with substance abuse.
Some medication like Clonidine and Buprenorphine are also used which help minimize the symptoms. Buprenorphine is an attractive treatment drug in comparison to others as it is less likely to cause overdose problems. It also causes less physical dependence, minimizing withdrawal symptoms when patients discontinue the use.
Some claim that the most effective drug that blocks the effects of heroin is the methadone. It has a proven record success to eliminate withdrawal symptoms. It does not intoxicate or sedate when prescribed properly. Also, methadone suppresses narcotic withdrawal for up to 26 hours. Most importantly, it relieves craving, which is a major reason for relapse.
Meth addiction can be extremely harmful to the mental and physical health of an addict. This destructive drug has a ripple effect that not only harms the addict, but also those connected to them.
Meth is some of the most addictive drugs available and is popular due to the euphoric effects of happiness that can last up to 12 hours. It can also lead to extreme dependency and cravings which can only be replaced by further intake.
Identifying the harmful effects of this drug has caused leading scientists and doctors to start to develop a vaccine which may help addicts recover from the effects of methamphetamine abuse and end their dependency of it.
With 25 million addicts worldwide, this meth vaccine will be welcomed with open arms.
Developed by researchers at the Scripps Research Institute, this heroin vaccine will help the body identify the heroin drug molecule as a pathogen. This will allow the body to identify the drug as an antibody and take action against it naturally.