Recently, some scientists tested the use of a seizure medication in the treatment of marijuana addiction. Sixty-six heavy marijuana users were recruited for this test and were either given Topiramate, used to prevent seizures, or a placebo. The results were not encouraging.
Fewer than half of those given the seizure medication were willing to complete the study. Far more people in the placebo group stayed with the study until the end. What was the reason for the exodus of participants taking the drug? Its intolerable side effects.
Topiramate has an astonishing list of side effects that would be reason enough for anyone to flee. Here’s just a small selection:
- numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- uncontrollable eye movements
- excessive menstrual bleeding
- blurred or double vision or loss of vision
- speech problems, especially difficulty thinking of specific words
- pounding or irregular heartbeat
- trouble breathing or fast, shallow breathing
- inability to respond to things around you
- diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- intense back or side pain
- bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine
What’s more, those being given the drug did not have improved rates of abstinence over the group given a placebo. They did, however, use less marijuana per day, a negligible improvement considering the severe side effects.
Are Drugs Needed as Part of Treatment?
Scientists are working hard to find drugs that will be effective in treating addiction. Synthetic opiates are used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in those using heroin. Some people being given these drugs do stop using heroin or abusing painkillers, but unfortunately they are still being drugged with an opioid that will dull their senses and have physically damaging effects similar to those of heroin. As of yet, there are no effective drugs for treatment of addiction to marijuana or stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine but trials like this one show the efforts of scientists to find one.
On the other hand, for fifty years, the Narconon program has needed no drugs of any kind to help a person heal from addiction and build a sober life that lasts. Why is this?
The Narconon program helps each person repair the damage done by addiction – damage that includes foggy thinking, dimmed perceptions and a terrible burden of guilt. Those who are addicted normally lose their life skills and are no longer able to make clear decisions on behalf of their own survival.
In eight to ten weeks for most people, this damage can be resolved into an ability to think clearly again, a relief from guilt over the past and new, sober decision-making skills. Learn more about the Narconon program to discover why more drugs are not needed to help a person achieve a satisfying, sober life that lasts.
One of our graduates had this to say: “When I completed the program and went up to get my certification, I was grinning ear to ear. My parents were proud that I had done it and I knew I was okay. It’s been two and a half years, I’ve been clean of all substances. I’ve never looked back.”
Recovery is possible without adding more drugs and their side effects. Call Narconon to learn how we do it.