Cocaine Addiction Information
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cocaineDrug addiction is such a complicated condition that it often leaves doctors and drug rehabilitation specialists baffled. One addict will respond very well to a certain type of treatment, while another will get no better. Some specialists think that continued group meetings and therapy are the answer to helping former addicts stay off drugs, while others feel that a replacement drug regimen like methadone is the answer. At the end of the day, no one seems to have a one-size-fits-all approach to handling addiction.

That hasn’t stopped scientists from looking, however. If there is a “magic bullet” solution to any type of drug addiction out there, scientists are going to keep on looking until they find it. Not only would it be a huge help in a field often full of setbacks and sorrow, it will also be incredibly profitable for whatever company patents it.

Well, some companies are probably quivering in anticipation right now, because researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington may have found a sort of “vaccine” for cocaine addiction.

Using Bacteria to Our Advantage

Human beings have an interesting relationship with bacteria. Many strains of this basic life form are helpful. We need bacteria in our bodies to help us digest our food and to conduct normal bodily processes. When we don’t have enough of the right kinds, doctors recommend that we eat yogurt which has active helpful bacterial cultures present.

Other strains of bacteria do everything from cleaning up oil spills to breaking down dead bodies. After all, rotting provides a valuable requirement to the circle of life: if nothing ever rotted, we’d have dead plant and animal matter stacking up all around us.

Some varieties of bacteria are also very harmful. Different bacteria present in the world around us cause many of the illnesses we suffer from. Instead of trying to kill off all of these bacteria, we can actually learn from them and benefit from the knowledge.

Scientists found one interesting strain of bacteria at an industrial plant that was processing cocaine. This bacteria was actually eating the waste cocaine as food. The scientists realized that they might be able to take advantage of this ability. They started experimenting on it to see if the bacteria could break down cocaine in the human body.

After swapping out several molecules and proteins that make up the bacteria, these scientists have been able to create a version of it that can survive in the human body for over one hundred days. They think that they may be able to use it as a sort of “vaccine” for cocaine addicts. Addicts in treatment could potentially be given a pill or an injection that would consist of bacteria that break down any cocaine that come into the addicts system. If all goes according to plan, the addict wouldn’t be able to get high any more, and he might give up the drug. He also could be saved from experiencing the injuries that cocaine causes. Another use of the bacteria could be giving it to overdose victims to clear the cocaine out of their systems in a hurry.

Permanent Rehabilitation

While this bacteria could prove to be very helpful as a non-drug solution for the addiction and overdoses that plague many communities, it will never be a replacement for the permanent rehabilitation of an addict that is able to get completely off of drugs. At Narconon Arrowhead, addiction specialists help addicts learn how to stop using drugs for the rest of their lives. It’s not enough to manage the addiction, after all. Arrowhead graduates learn how to be drug free without any medications, pills or injections whatsoever. It’s a long-term, effective way of living your life.


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