The best opioid addiction treatment is more opioids

The best opioid addiction treatment is more opioids

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It seems like a paradox: Most doctors and scientists agree that the best way to treat opioid addiction is with other opioids. That’s because opioids are so powerful that they change the brain chemistry of the people who use them.

That’s why quitting opioids cold turkey rarely works, and why more and more people are looking to medication-assisted treatment for help. The three approved medications for opioid addiction — methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone — regulate brain chemistry. Each medication interacts with the same receptors as opioids like heroin or oxycodone. But these meds are carefully dosed, so people who take them can function productively.

This video explores the power of opioid addiction at the molecular level — and why fixing the crisis means changing the way we think about treating it.

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6 thoughts on “The best opioid addiction treatment is more opioids

    1. We all need to stop demonizing opiates & understand that those of us using them are good people. We work, are raising our kids, have careers and companies to run, many of us have suffered horrific childhood traumas, we endure horrific physical pain and just want relief enough to live in some semblance of happiness, or at least pain free. If all opiates were legal we wouldn’t have an opiate epidemic. Alcohol is legal and we dont have an alcohol epidemic….Craft Breweries are celebrated. So if all illegal drugs were accepted and legal for adult use would we have become addicts? No more or less than alcoholism and tobacco use now. Just an idea.

    2. @Jonathan Guske absolutely there are countries overseas that have legalized all drugs and crime plummeted! One reason is cause addicts are more addicted to the lifestyle than the actual drug the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more! You take that away they become so much more less appealing to many! And alcohol is the worst thing there is yet socially acceptable and legal!

    3. Ali Qureshi And Ibogaine is illegal abd the few places it’s utilized to treat opiate addiction it’s prohibitively expensive!! As a Single father raising two children and running a full time professional forestry business my time leaves me ZERO chance to take off to kick a 2decade opiate dependency.. (unless someone excessively kind and selfless wants to make my dream come true and pay for all my expenses in Ibogaine treatment!?)so we need decriminalized drugs and legal services for opiate detox via Psychedelics. Sadly this is happening to slowly!!

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