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But today, Kent isn't tempted in the least. He says the credit goes to a prescription medication -- a pill called naltrexone. It's part of a new generation of anti-addiction drugs that may turn the world of rehab on its head.
Dr. Mark Willenbring, who oversees scientific research at the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, says alcoholism has reached a point similar to one depression reached 30 years ago -- when the development of Prozac and other antidepressants took mental health care out of the asylum and put it in homes and doctors' offices.
Naltrexone blocks the parts of your brain that “feel” pleasure when you use alcohol and narcotics. When these areas of the brain are blocked, you feel less need to drink alcohol, and you can stop drinking more easily. Unlike disulfiram (brand name: Antabuse), another medicine that is sometimes used to treat alcoholism, naltrexone does not make you feel sick if you drink alcohol while taking it.
Q. The story about the person who became depressed on Chantix caught my eye. My husband and I were both on Chantix to quit smoking back in June. Neither of us has a history of depression, but after he was on it he tried (with no warning) to take his own life.
The most common side effects of Chantix are nausea, vomiting, headache, insomnia, abnormal dreams, flatulence, and dysgeusia (an altercation in taste). However, some patients who used Chantix had more severe side effects such as thoughts of suicide and suicidal or otherwise erratic behavior. Because the drug is so new, it is unknown whether these side effects are the result of withdrawal from nicotine or due to the drug itself. The FDA has since released a notice advising health care professionals to observe patients for change in behavior when taking Chantrix
Originally posted by Pakd-on-mystery
hmm..... guys it's kinda off the subject, but I have been wondering....
If you take pills that help you get off of drugs.....don't you get addicted to the pills instead of the drugs you were taking or so?
Originally posted by americandingbat
Obviously, this is going to depend hugely on what your drug of choice is, and how and why you started abusing it: if you got hooked on narcotics because an irresponsible doctor overprescribed them or didn't adequately monitor them after an injury, then maybe the physical addiction really is your main problem and a pill will get you through that, with only minor support to rebuild whatever messes you made of your life.
If like me you started drinking heavily as soon as you could get your hands on the liquor because you wanted to escape reality, quiet the obsessive thoughts in your head, and deal with the social fears that both led to and derived from isolation, living a full life eventually will require so much more than just giving up the drug. Addiction really is a soul-sickness, in my experience. Just removing the physical dependence doesn't cure that; it only makes it possible for a cure to begin.
Originally posted by TheAssociate
My major concern is that the "war on drugs" will get so out of control, some fascist politician(s) will call for legislation mandating that this type of medication be taken by everyone. I've also heard of so-called "immunizations" for drugs like coc aine. Basically, they give you a shot and coc aine (or whatever) has no effect on you anymore. The ability of the government to take away the choice to do anything, even if it is something self-destructive. frightens me.