Genetic Identification Can Help with Some Addiction Treatment Protocols

doctor medsAs our knowledge of the human genome continues to increase, scientists around the world keep working on applications to more effectively treat conditions and diseases. One area of research includes assisting in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction with targeted pharmaceutical interventions.

Three key genetic markers have been identified as well as their corresponding treatments for alcohol abuse. These are the mu-opioid receptor, the glutamate receptor and the serotonin receptor. Researchers are confident that the pairing of these genes and their mutations can increase the effectiveness of prescription treatments from a reported 15 percent to a much higher level since they would be better suited for each individual.

This form of treatment has been called personalized medicine. The drug and alcohol rehabilitation field as a whole has continued seeking and implementing individualized therapies, and adding specialized medication supplements can help to further improve outcomes when used correctly.

Pharmacogenetic research has expanded into treatments for other substances than just alcohol, including cocaine, heroin and nicotine. There are so many factors present in behavioral health disorders involving drugs and alcohol that it is impossible for any single treatment to be deemed the best for all. This is why continually finding new forms of drug interventions, treatments and therapies are vital.

If you have a loved one falling further into the trap of addiction, contact us today to find out more about successful intervention practices and rehabilitation programs.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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