Could it be possible that the keys to metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity, are also the keys to drug abuse? Recent research opened the door to the theory that drug addiction is driven by brain cells that control hunger. While there is still plenty more research to be done, the findings are both interesting and may point the way to major changes in how we approach substance abuse.
Ground Breaking Brain-Related Discoveries
Scientists have narrowed down and zeroed in on neurons in the hypothalamus of the brain that are connected to hunger and overeating. Through a series of experimentation, researchers were able to look closer at these nerve cells and see, through manipulation of circumstances, how drugs and food affect the brain.
It was seen rather clearly that increased appetite for food took place in situations where drug interest had decreased. As a corollary, where interest in substances like cocaine peaked, food became less desirable.
As was mentioned above, these studies are still considered very preliminary; especially considering that the experiments were done with genetically altered mice and not humans yet—the very organisms plagued by obesity and addiction.
Is Addiction A Disease?
Addiction, though it may “run in families” and be common in certain demographics more than others, is not a disease. Behavior can be “infectious,” but there has been little scientific evidence to show that genetically an abuser’s physical make-up is any different than that of a sober person.
Diseases, we are taught, are not curable—only symptomatically manageable through prescription drugs.
Addiction and drug/alcohol use are both choices, assisted by the presence of stressful or unsupportive people and life elements. Further, studies do show that children who are raised in drug or alcohol-ridden homes are much more likely to partake in this sort of behavior in their own lives. That being said, this cycle is interruptible. If addiction is any kind of a disease, it is one of social and behavioral nature—curable through responsibility-driven rehabilitation programs.
Current Drug Treatment Methodology
Experts in the field of drug and alcohol recovery have learned a lot in the past 20-30 years. In fact, theorems like “drug addiction driven by brain cells that control hunger” are just one of the many hundreds that scientists and treatment specialists have developed in recent years.
Presently, the most workable treatment methodologies for those struggling with compulsive use of alcohol and drugs are:
Long Term Treatment
Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Holistic Drug Treatment
Biophysical Drug Treatment (cellular detoxification)
Of course, Outpatient Treatment and Short Term rehab programs are also available and, in some cases, are the only affordable or workable options for the specific situations. However, if at all possible, residential and long-term treatment programs are much more highly recommended due to their effectiveness and success rates.
Narconon Program Treatment Methodology
There is also the treatment offered by the Narconon program which is a long term, drug free method of achieving sobriety. Narconon breaks addiction down on two levels; first handling the physical aspect then the mental and emotional components.
The Narconon program uses a dry heat sauna process called The New Life Detoxification program to remove drug residues from the body. The organization then follows this up with life skills therapy to address the mental and physical aspects of addiction.
Success with the Narconon program is higher than most other treatment at 76%. The facility deals with all types of addiction problems including alcohol, prescriptions, illicit drugs and synthetics.
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