Addiction was, is and will continue to be a problem in the society. Today addiction stands as one of the most complicated diseases of the human race. It is not very easy to heal from addiction and many factors contribute to this. One of the factors is that after a prolonged use of drugs a person’s neurotransmitters are damaged and therefore the communication between the nerves is altered. The nervous system is the most affected system of the body after a prolonged drug use with neurotransmitter such as dopamine, GABA and serotonin being the most affected neurotransmitters. After a long term use of certain drugs, the level of GABA will be depleted to a point where it will be at an all-time low. This will lead to myriad of complications as the nerve impulses will be unregulated. This will lead to such problems as anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment and seizures among other diseases. Without restoring the level of GABA to healthy limits, any attempt to treat an addict will be ineffective. Dopamine levels will also be low and this will lead to depression and anxiety which are major symptoms of addiction. The use of drugs of abuse affects the neurotransmitters adversely and therefore there is need to restore the health of the neurotransmitters in order to do away with the addicted brain. This can be achieved through integrative addiction treatment which involves using both orthodox ways of addiction treatment and recovery as well as other alternative addiction treatments that have been hailed for effectiveness. One of the alternative addiction treatments that have been targeted by many researchers is the use of adipose derived stem cell therapy.
By now you know that the stem cells possess a rare ability to differentiate into different cells and therefore are capable to be used in replacing worn tissues cells and part of organs that are damaged as a result of prolonged drug use.
The stem cells can be derived from the adipose tissues where they are available in large quantities. having been derived from the adipose tissues the stem cells can thereafter be supplemented into areas where they are mostly needed to help correct the damages caused by addiction. After a prolonged use of drugs the brain chemistry becomes altered and this causes imbalances between the excitatory neurotransmitters like the dopamine and the inhibitory neurotransmitters like the GABA. When this happens the addict will continue using the drug to normalize the situation by heightening the falling dopamine level as opposed to initial use of the drug to heighten the dopamine level in order to induce feelings of euphoria. This explains why some people who have used drugs for a long time are always at their ‘ lows’. With the stem cell therapy this defect can be corrected and the balance in the brain chemistry can be achieved.
The use of stem cell therapy in treating of illnesses is not new, it is has since become a vital component of regenerative medicine and its application in integrative addiction treatment should not raise eyebrows. As it is used in treatment of other diseases to create living and functional tissues, regenerate and repair tissue and organs in the body that are damaged due to age, disease and congenital defects it can be used in addicts to correct defects in the brain chemistry and restore the balance. Stem cells have the power to go to these damaged areas and regenerate new cells and tissues by performing a repair and a renewal process, restoring functionality.
Current research has found Stem cell therapies to be effective in treating genetic diseases such as alcoholism and drug addiction at their source. Being the basic cells in the body that are charged with a responsibility of rebuilding and healing dysfunction and disorder. The stem cells can be used to create healthy cells in situations where genetic pre-dispositions cause destruction. This can be done by taking healthy stem cells and transplanting them into the infected area. Through this doctors can cause changes in brain and body chemical compositions that offer a key to healing problems such as alcoholism and drug addiction.
The healthy stem cells are capable of changing the chemical composition of our brains and how the brain works. When healthy stem cells are transplanted into the damaged brain area. In the case of drugs; the area of the brain that controls impulses and chemical reactions to substances they begin to rebuild that area without the previous cellular dysfunction. This means that brain functions that facilitate addiction will be done with.
As known the body cells die while some are born replacing the worn out cells. Typically due to mutation, mutated cells will give rise to malfunctioning cells just like they and this will affect the whole body leading to rise of diseases. Stem cells are the best remedy as they are new and have no mutations that therefore restore the affected areas to equilibrium and facilitating whole-body healing of the addict.
In conclusion, the health of neurotransmitters matters a lot and now that it is known that some drugs depletes these neurotransmitters there is need for treatment of addiction in a manner that restores the functions of the entire nervous system. This is why here at AWAREmed we are dedicated to finding the best solutions to addiction and dependence on substances. Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) is always in the mood of helping any patient to be addiction free. Call on her for help.