Is Drug Addiction Driven By Brain Cells That Control Hunger

There’s new research that is looking into whether or not the same function in the brain that triggers hunger and overeating may also drive drug addiction. This new research, performed at the Yale School of Medicine, motivated researchers to try what they called “genetic approaches” to reducing the interest in cocaine among mice. Researchers tried altering the genetic makeup of the mice by transferring genes from another species into the mice. They were trying to determine if they could manipulate the mouse’s interest in either food, novel items or activities or cocaine.

Did they prove whether or not drug addiction is driven by brain cells that control hunger? All the research showed was that in mice, not humans, when a mouse is less interested in food, they are more interested in cocaine or novelty. And these were mice in which the genetic material had been artificially changed around.

Is This Research Useful

It is useful if it means that the results of drug rehabilitation programs can be more reliable, more long-lasting for humans. But this research is very far from proving anything of the type.  Other research is being done to find a vaccine that makes cocaine ineffective. In this research, some people are being injected with a molecule composed of inactivated cholera toxins combined with a breakdown product of cocaine. In the Yale School of Medicine research using mice, researchers were interfering with nerve cell signals by knocking them out with diphtheria toxins. So far, these researches have accomplished no improvement of drug rehabilitation results.

When there is a rehab as effective as the Narconon long-term rehab program then there is no need to inject either mice or people with diphtheria or cholera toxins. When a person uses the Narconon program to recover from addiction, there is no reason to inject a person with anything. There are no drugs used as part of treatment. Only generous doses of nutritional supplements and plenty of one-on-one work with a recovering addict.

Why Nutrition Is Used At A Narconon Drug Addiction Rehab

When a person comes into one of more than forty Narconon centers after years or even decades of being addicted, they are normally in terrible physical condition. Bottles of alcohol, baggies of heroin, lines of cocaine or crushed prescription drugs all create toxic loads that the body has to deal with. And a person addicted to any of these substances usually does not take good care of himself (or herself). A person on stimulants may stay up for days, a heroin or opiate addict may skip meals, a person smoking marijuana may only eat junk food. An addicted person’s body is normally run down and depleted. As drugs are withdrawn when they get to rehab, all the aches and pains they would normally feel the aches and pains they cannot perceive because of the constant consumption of drugs or alcohol begin to show up. The person’s real mood also shows up, no longer covered up by drugs or alcohol. A person starting rehabilitation can sink into a depression simply because of the losses and pain, depletion of the body and aches and pains that are now able to be felt.

This is a major reason that a Narconon drug addiction rehab gives each person generous doses of vitamins and minerals as soon as they arrive. These vitamins begin to soak into the body, alleviating aches and muscle pain and lifting the person’s mood. Continuous attention by the staff to keep the person moving and busy and assisted in every way possible also keep the mood positive.

This is only the beginning of the long-term, holistic Narconon drug addiction recovery program. Every phase of this program is as carefully thought out to add up to lasting sobriety.

Don’t wait for researchers to modify the genetics of mice to find out what makes them less interested in cocaine. Find help for a loved one now. Find out about the whole Narconon program now by calling 1-800-775-8750.