New Wonder Drug for Those Trying to Quit Meth
A new medication is in testing that may offer a helping hand to
patients addicted to meth. The best part-it’s not addictive! Hopefully this will end the line
of drugs to fight addiction that are addictive themselves, which can seem
Catching Meth Before It’s Too Late
This drug is different from other drugs of its kind because it is anti-body
based, meaning that it stays primarily in the bloodstream,
binding to methamphetamine molecules and preventing them from getting to the brain. Addiction prevention drugs
in the past have mainly acted on receptors inside the brain. Unfortunately,
drugs that work so deep in the brain are usually addictive as well. Many
brain-receptor-based drug medications like this have been criticized for
simply replacing one addiction with another. This new drug, on the other
hand, would be non-addictive by its very nature.
Abstaining from Meth Just Got Easier
Researchers say that anti-meth antibodies can be mixed with gene therapy
to treat people who have not been able to abstain from meth during their
efforts at detox. This medication would allow for the remaining meth molecules
in the bloodstream to be blocked from the brain by the anti-bodies. The
difference could be enormous for some meth users, and could help relieve
much of the
suffering of withdrawals.
The First of Its Kind
There are currently
no medications that the FDA has approved to treat meth addiction specifically. This one would be the first. A number
of risky brain-receptor medications have been meth addicts’ only
option for pharmaceutical help with abstaining from drugs.
Meth Addiction Requires Comprehensive Treatment
Even a “wonder” drug like this one still in the research phase
isn’t intended to “cure” meth addiction.
True long-term recovery is always coupled with a variety of factors including:
- A 12-step program
- Individual counseling
- Other supplemental creative recovery programs