New MAT Hope For Meth Addiction

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Meth addiction can be powerful, especially when it comes to withdrawal effects. Most people who have used it will experience anything from nausea and vomiting to hallucinations or seizures. The majority of meth withdrawal symptoms are merely uncomfortable.

However, a desire for the drug remains after a person has detoxed for many. The compulsion to get high is often a driving force for relapse in people who used meth. However, new hope has arrived to help alleviate those symptoms through medication-assisted treatment.  (MAT)

What is MAT?

Medication-assisted treatment is a description of prescription drugs that can be used alongside talk therapy or treatment to help people who have physical cravings for a drug. For years, medical professionals have looked for treatment to help people get and stay sober from methamphetamine to no avail. However, it seems like there is some hope at long last, involving a cocktail of medications used for opioid use disorder.

MAT for Meth Addiction

There are several MAT options for people with opioid use disorder. Now, at long last, it looks like combining two medications for two different addictions can help meth addicts with their recovery. A study says that the combination of injected naltrexone, a drug that helps people with opioid use disorder, and oral bupropion.

Prior studies, however, using each drug on its known had a little or limited effect in previous research trials. Meth addiction is a highly addictive drug with high relapse rates. Still, the chances of people remaining sober through cognitive-behavioral therapy were higher when MAT was a part of their recovery plan.

More Research is Needed

More research is needed to find the right combination of drugs and therapy for people who want to get clean and sober. Meth addiction has a vital physical component, and while the results of the research were promising, there was only about a 5% increase in success rates.

More tailored treatment is needed, but there needs to be more research on addictive disorders. While it’s been proved that addiction is a disease process that starts in the brain, each drug is unique in how it works and affects users, including those who become addicted.

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