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Identifying a Meth Addict

There are some tell tale signs of meth addiction that an addict may exhibit. If you fear that a loved one is harboring an addiction to methamphetamine then you should look out for the following signs:

  • sudden weight loss
  • twitching eyes
  • dilated pupils
  • hyperactivity
  • lack of appetite
  • repetitious behavior

Other than the above mentioned signs, meth addiction may also result in other forms of errant behavior. An addict can stay awake for multiple days followed by a sudden crash in which they sleep for extended periods of time. This may even be characterized by a manic phase in which they have a compulsion to obsessively clean their surroundings.

Heroine Vaccine: The Idea

While treatments options abound, researchers have long been working on the development of a heroin vaccine to reduce dependency on the drug. Millions of people in Dayton and the rest of the U.S. are addicted to heroin which comes with its own list of associated problems, such as increased incidence of HIV transferred through shared syringes. Not to mention, drug relapse is relatively high in heroin as compared to other drugs.

These and other factors have set the stage for the development of a heroin vaccine. Various reports show that the possibility of heroin vaccine pre-testing is finally here. Till now, tests have been conducted on rats, which have provided positive results. If you know someone who has fallen prey to heroin addiction, these vaccines may provide the possibility of a sober future.

The heroin vaccine creates a barrier between the drug and the brain. By preventing heroin from reaching the brain when it enters the blood stream, the vaccine kills the psychological effect, the high that the drug creates. The vaccine achieves this by triggering the enzymes present in our body to act against heroin. The vaccine would have pieces of the drug which are inactive, and this will train the immune system to create antibodies to counter the effects of heroin in your system.

Consequences of Prescription Drug Abuse

In addition to the physical addiction created by prescription drug abuse, a person may also experience:

  • Deterioration in personal relationships
  • Employment difficulties due to a lack of concentration and motivation
  • Financial difficulties
  • Legal problems
  • Psychological difficulties

Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Treatment is most successful when the addict is willing to change and also if heroin addiction is identified in early stages. Among the many methods of treatment are the use of Methadone and Buprenorphine. These are treatment drugs that attempt to eliminate the effects of heroin and remove the withdrawal symptoms. These drugs have proven successful and help patients especially when combined with other therapeutic recovery methods, like behavioral therapies.