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Drug addiction means not being able to control the amount of drugs you are taking in, and hence, being completely dependent on it. Drugs are harmful, but increased usage of these drugs can lead to increased cravings for drugs. This is a major reason why quitting once you become addicted is hard and intense withdrawal symptoms are experienced when you do. Therefore, quitting requires immense amounts of emotional and moral support.

A casual start to drugs, either recreationally or otherwise can lead to being severely addicted to them. This can have negative consequences on the overall health of the user, along with their relationships with the important people who surround them.

The contingency management therapy uses a point based system. It rewards patients when they have a negative drug test and can exchange their points with healthy living items. On the other hand, cognitive behavioral interventions help enhance coping skills of life stressors and modify expectations and behavior of patients that have had problems with substance abuse.

Some medication like Clonidine and Buprenorphine are also used which help minimize the symptoms. Buprenorphine is an attractive treatment drug in comparison to others as it is less likely to cause overdose problems. It also causes less physical dependence, minimizing withdrawal symptoms when patients discontinue the use.

Some claim that the most effective drug that blocks the effects of heroin is the methadone. It has a proven record success to eliminate withdrawal symptoms. It does not intoxicate or sedate when prescribed properly. Also, methadone suppresses narcotic withdrawal for up to 26 hours. Most importantly, it relieves craving, which is a major reason for relapse.

Vaccines as Part of Addiction Treatment

Vaccines actually prevent, rather than treat a serious disease. So while a cocaine vaccine may eventually be a used as tool for treating cocaine addiction, it is better suited to be used as a prevention medium in the initial development of addiction. This would help curb a dependency on the drug early on.

Test Trials

The test trials have proven successful. The cocaine vaccine has passed its pre-testing trials on rats and non-human primates. It is all set to be tested on humans within the next 7-8 months. Biologically, non-human primates are reported to being closer to humans than rats. Test results have shown that vaccinated primates showed a decreased activity to cocaine than non-vaccinated primates.

The cocaine occupancy level of the dopamine transporter which is 40% to achieve a high, dropped to 20% with the use of the vaccine. The results of vaccine lasted about 13 weeks in rats and 7 weeks in non-human primates.

Researchers are not sure about the amount of vaccine and number of times it would have to be given to humans to achieve the desired results. One thing is for sure is that the breakthrough of a cocaine vaccine will prove to be enormously beneficial for cocaine addicts in Newark as well as those around the country who wish to remove this harmful drug from their life.


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