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Pain Relief Without Fear of Addiction

Compound May Offer Pain Relief Without Fear of Addiction

New research from Indiana University-Bloomington may give doctors and their patients living with pain a non-opioid option for treating severe pain.

Researchers conducted a pre-clinical study involving mice. They discovered that compounds known as PAMs (Positive Allosteric Modulators) heighten the effect of natural pain relievers the body produces internally when injured or exposed to stress. PAMs were first discussed with attendees at the 2016 Conference for the Society for Neuroscience, held in San Diego, California.

About PAM

The researchers chose a PAM that would intensify endocannabinoids. These two brain compounds (anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol) specifically act on the CB1 receptor that responds to the presence of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The PAM used in the study was GAT211, a molecule that coauthor Ganesh Thakur at Northeastern University created that had effects that concentrated on the brain.

The PAM increased the effects of the endocannabinoids without creating the undesired side effects associated with marijuana use. These include lowering of body temperature and clumsiness.

The pain relief achieved from PAM was more effective and lasted longer than when drugs were used that work by breaking down then metabolizing the brain’s cannabis-type compounds. Using PAM on its own means natural painkillers target the correct part of the brain as needed. The alternative is take drugs that bind to receptor sites throughout the body.

Increases the Body’s Natural Ability to Relieve Pain

Study leader Andrea G. Hohmann, a professor and chair of neuroscience at the University’s Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, stated that the study revealed a PAM increases the body’s pain relieving ability without decreasing effectiveness over time. This is a key component of addiction; a person finds that they need to consume more of their drug of choice to experience the desired effect.

Professor Hohmann went on to say that she sees the research her team is doing as “an important step forward” in the goal to find new, non-addictive pain relievers.

The results of the study were published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Non-Addictive Painkillers Help Save Lives from Opioid Overdose

Continuing to find ways of providing pain relief for patients that don’t involve drugs with a high potential for abuse is of utmost importance in the battle against opioid addiction. Tens of thousands of lives are now lost each year due to overdoses and millions of people are abusing these drugs.

If you have a loved one who needs treatment help for a substance abuse problem, contact Desert Cove today for more information about our program.

Arizona’s Higher Rate of Illicit Drug Use

fatherAccording to the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Arizona is in the top ten states for several drug use categories, which isn’t a good thing. Some of those include illicit drug use other than marijuana, teen cocaine use in the past year and non-medical use of prescription painkillers.

Pharmaceutical substance abuse hits all age brackets, from teenagers to young adults and on through senior citizens. We have become a very medication-heavy society and the increased rate of prescription drug abuse is one very alarming indicator, with painkillers being the greatest threat in most areas.

Overall more than a thousand people died in Arizona as a direct result of drug use in a recent year, which was more than those who perished in automobile accidents or firearms that year, and the numbers appear to be increasing. There may be several contributing factors, such as increased availability due to trafficking in the state, but there are effective recovery solutions available.

If you’re looking for a drug rehab in Arizona for yourself or a loved one, contact Desert Cove Recovery today for more information about how our program can help.

Arizona Still Faces a Shortage of Beds for Addiction Treatment

samhsadasisDespite recent news of plans to open new treatment facilities in Arizona next year, the state still faces a shortage of beds for addiction recovery.

According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), there are 219 substance abuse and mental health facilities in Arizona. Half of these facilities provide both drug addiction and mental health treatment, the the majority of the rest focusing only on substance abuse.

More than 31,000 people in the state are being treated on a given day in Arizona, but less than 2,000 of them are enrolled in residential or inpatient facilities. The rest of the people are attending outpatient services, including more than 6,000 people engaged in methadone maintenance programs.

One of the most common reasons for people not receiving treatment in Arizona that is routinely cited is a lack of bed availability. Thankfully, at Desert Cove Recovery we have the ability to provide comfortable recovery housing for a residential experience and we also accept multiple insurance carriers to help cover the cost of treatment.

For more information contact a Desert Cove Recovery representative today.

The Benefits of Traveling Out of State for Rehab

airplaneThere are many reasons that people seek to travel out of state when attending a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center.

One of the more common reasons is to simply remove the individual who is battling addiction can have a distraction-free environment in order to address their substance abuse or mental health issues. Providing a safe place to do this work in can often be very beneficial for people. It also allows the person to have seemingly more of a fresh start upon completion of their initial treatment.

Finding the right facility can also be a main factor in choosing a program. For example, if someone has a list of desires in a program, ranging from cost and insurance acceptability to length and treatment modality, then they may have to go out of their state to find something that fits the criteria.

The setting of the facility can be important to some people as well, such as wanting a program in a warmer climate. Desert Cove Recovery is located in Scottsdale, AZ and is warm throughout most of the year.

If you’re seeking a rehab program that is out of state, of varying length, that accepts insurance and provides the highest quality of treatment in a comfortable setting, call Desert Cove Recovery today.