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Here I highlight important work being done at NIDA and other news related to the science of drug abuse and addiction.
—Dr. Nora Volkow, Director
Can neurotransmitter restoration therapy return people who suffer from PTSD, substance abuse, and other mental health conditions to previous levels of health?
Binge drinking is a serious but preventable public health problem.
Binge drinking is the most common, costly, and deadly pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.
Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year, and cost the U.S. $24 billion in economic costs in 2010
Researchers have discovered a cause of aging in mammals that may be reversible.
The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that enable communication inside cells between the nucleus and mitochondria. As communication breaks down, aging accelerates. By administering a molecule naturally produced by the human body, scientists restored the communication network in older mice. Subsequent tissue samples showed key biological hallmarks that were comparable to those of much younger animals.
POSTED 12:50 AM, AUGUST 2, 2016, BY TANAE HOWARD
Local clinic says they have treatment to help addicts eliminate drug cravings
The heroin epidemic continues to have a strong grip on Indiana. One local treatment center says they have a natural solution to kill an addicts craving to get high. One patient we talked to says it works.
"By the end of high school I was a full blown undercover addict. Addicted to Fentanyl, Oxycontin anything I could get my hands on," Greg Holman said.
At just 30-years-old, Holman has spent half of his life addicted to drugs. After multiple trips to rehab and a trail of bad decisions, he was finally introduced to NAD infusion therapy - a 10 day IV treatment that replenishes patients with a naturally occurring compound called Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD). As we get older, NAD levels decline and deplete in all forms of addiction.
"We restore the natural balance of chemicals in the brain and the realignment of these neuro-chemicals. In doing so we can significantly reduce the severity of withdrawal and virtually eliminate the craving for opiates," Dr. William Jones said.
There are only 7 clinics nationwide that offer this treatment, and Emerald Neuro Recover Centers in Fishers is the first clinic in Indiana to do so. The treatment lasts about 10 hours a day for 10 days.
"By day 10 I felt like a brand new person. I know it`s kind of hard to understand after 10 days. But my anxiety was minimum to none, my depression was gone, my thoughts and my compulsions about using were gone," Holman said.
Dr. Jones says in 10 days, this treatment does what it would take the body seven years to do on its own.
"I would go so far as to say I feel called to do this. If I won the lottery tonight I would be at work tomorrow giving this away. That's how strongly I feel about what we're doing here," Dr. Jones said.
"I feel like I've been clean for years. I haven't even had the thought about using. It feels foreign to me now. Which is a hard concept for me to grasp but I feel so blessed to have my life back," Holman said.
NAD treatment costs about $15,000 and is not covered by insurance because it is considered experimental.
Emerald Neuro Recover is working with donors and other groups to help cover the cost for more patients.
Greg has been clean for 4 months and says his only side effect was happiness.