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Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

  Methamphetamine and opiate addiction are some of the most difficult addictions to kick. Meth relapse rates are enormous, and medical treatments for opiate addiction involve substituting one opioid for another, thereby only switching the addiction rather than treating it. There seems to be a potential light at the end of the tunnel, as a drug called Ibudilast has just passed the preliminary safety test in a move towards treating meth addiction in a new way: by … Read entire article »

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New Study Challenges Effectiveness of “Talk Therapy” Among Heroin Junkies Already on Medication

New Study Challenges Effectiveness of “Talk Therapy” Among Heroin Junkies Already on Medication

  The American Journal of Medicine has published a new study which finds that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) in not effective when treating opioid dependence.  The study, which was conducted by seven researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, says that when treating patients diagnosed with opioid addiction, CBT does not offer additional benefits when the patient is already on medication. The study assessed patients who were currently being treated with drugs such as buprenorphine, which … Read entire article »

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A Personal Experience with Naltrexone

A Personal Experience with Naltrexone

  Hi.  My name is Michael, and I am an addict.  My drugs of choice were opiates (heroin mostly) and methamphetamines.  Three months ago, I began taking a drug called Naltrexone, which is an opiate blocker.  It helps people overcome opioid addiction by blocking the drugs’ euphoric effects.  Basically, it makes the addict not able to get high off of heroin and other opiates. Naltrexone was approved by the FDA in 1984 for opioid addiction, even though … Read entire article »

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New Drug Epidemic Krokodil Causes Skin and Bone Tissue Deterioration

New Drug Epidemic Krokodil Causes Skin and Bone Tissue Deterioration

A new drug epidemic has recently been discovered in Russia. The drug is called Krokodil or Crocodile, and is named for the gruesome effects the drug has on the users’ appearance. One major side effect users of krokodil experience is rotting of the skin. When users abuse the drug intravenously their complexion around the site of injection becomes greenish and scaly (much like a crocodile), their blood vessels rupture and the skin tissue … Read entire article »

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