Uncategorized  |  January 27, 2016

Did you know that over time, people prescribed opioid painkilling drugs slowly develop a tolerance to the drugs requiring ever larger doses to get the “same” effect?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines tolerance as “a state in which an organism no longer responds to a drug. A higher dose is required to achieve the same effect.”

Sustained or repeated use of an opioid drug actually alters key cellular and enzymatic functions in the body resulting in a diminished response to these drugs over time.

And that is just one of the ways these drugs kill.

When someone addicted to this class of drugs achieves abstinence for a long period of time – but then relapses – overdosing often occurs (the relapsing addict assumes that earlier elevated dose levels are still required to obtain a high).  And it is these overdoses that are contributing to the escalating rates of overdose deaths.

Researchers have recently developed an addiction drug that can be implanted under the skin of addicts.  The implants are tiny – smaller than a matchstick – and carry a drug called buprenorphine – a substance scientists hope will help wean people of their addictions by reducing the craving for opioid drugs.  In this form, the implant delivers the addiction drug into the bloodstream for six months at a time – continuously.

Interestingly – buprenorphine is itself a opioid drug.

Why is this new implant getting so much attention from the treatment community?

Painkillers often kill the recovering addict – the one who relapses after a period of being clean and mistakenly takes more of these drugs during a relapse than their body can process.  With an implanted craving cessation drug in place – researchers hope such overdoses will become rare.

Is this treatment available in the U.S.?

No – not yet at least – though the FDA just recently gave the drug and the implant an important agency recommendation.  And the Princeton, New Jersey company that manufacturers the drug said approval is expected soon.

If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to painkilling drugs or heroin – and would like more information about the status of this treatment option as well as other research tested solutions, please call one of our Recovery Care specialists.  Aware Recovery Care’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment model is based on an entirely new concept in addiction treatment – one that is producing record levels of recovery.  Contact us if we can help you www.awarerecoverycare.com