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New Science Offers Hope for Cocaine Addiction

New Science Offers Hope for Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine has long been regarded as one of the hardest drugs to break an addiction to. Now, new research points the way to newer treatment methods that might offer hope to victims in the grip of cocaine dependence. A trial conducted by Columbia University’s College of Surgeons and Physicians shows that two drugs in combination, topiramate and amphetamines, might hold the key to better cocaine treatment options. Topiramate is already being used to treat addiction to nicotine and alcohol, and amphetamines (though dangerous if abused) which are used to treat ADHD. Both of the drugs have been used individually to treat cocaine dependence, but this is the first study that has examined both of them together.

Cocaine, and its descendent crack cocaine, is like a double-whammy for addiction, in that it not only messes with the brain's pleasure center and reward mechanisms, but also disrupts the brain's control-so addicts find themselves less and less able to resist another bump. However, the right treatment has always been the best option for kicking the habit-the right rehab facility with the right staff can do wonders for addicts. This new research is still highly experimental, and the authors call for larger studies to test the effects of this combination of drugs. So though this new treatment won't be showing up at your local rehab center soon, you should still know that rehab is the best way to beat a drug or alcohol addiction.

If you or someone you know has been struggling with cocaine abuse, now is the time to find the right treatment center. Call Retreat at Lancaster County for more information. We can arrange transportation from Pittsburgh or Philadelphia to our conveniently-located facility, or from other nearby areas in DE, NJ, PA, NY, and MD.

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