Drug abuse both long term and short term leads to the destruction of brain cells, low memory, and reducing the attention span. Damage from use of alcohol, heroin, morphine, and methadone may be reversed to regain memory and loss of patience.
Uppsala University researchers in Sweden suggest that brain cells targeted by long-term opium abuse may be saved by HGH injections. The researchers say that this new HGH therapy may be the solution to treating patients in chronic pain and drug addicts.
Previous studies show that the use of drugs disrupts brain cells growth (neurogenesis) in the midbrain area (hippocampus). The hippocampus area is responsible for episodic memory where short term events and emotions are stored. Neurogenesis takes place in the body naturally until old age affects HGH levels and in return, the cell growth rate drops. Elderly people injected with HGH showed improved memory reports Fred Nyberg the study’s co-author.
The study report shows that HGH injections will have the same effect on opium users as in elderly people; by blocking new nerve cells formation. Synthetic HGH administration has the ability to get the process rolling again once it clears the pathways.
In the study, scientists isolated growing nerve cells from a fetus mouse. The nerve cells were put in a petri dish and then bathed the cells in morphine for a week. HGH was later introduced in some cultures. Research showed that cultures fused with morphine only eventually started dying. Cultures exposed to HGH remained constant and in some cases, they increased.
Nyberg says, “If the mouse results were to successfully replicate in human beings, we could effectively be able to reverse the hippocampus impairment caused by opium use.” He added that he is currently on a study to test the effects of HGH on a chronic pain management patient who is also suffering from memory loss. “There is notable memory improvement during the treatment regime” He adds. “From the results of the pilot study, this might work in humans as well”
Treating memory function impairment using HGH injections in Nyberg’s opinion will open doorways to alternative therapies to counter drug addiction. This will be a medical breakthrough because memory and general brain functions are vital components of the reward system.
From the National Institute on Drug Abuse based in Bethesda, Frank Vocci says he would like the same studies extended to try and explore possible alternatives of HGH use to combat drug dependency. He additionally notes that the memory component in question may not be directly related to addiction.
Assuming the studies directly replicates the results in humans. Drug addiction which mostly relies on rehabilitation therapies and counseling sessions would have a better alternative. Whether for opium use or chronic pain management, wouldn’t HGH synthetic be a medical milestone to treat memory-related complications? Do you think this therapy should be recommended for addicts or rather go for the usual traditional forms of treatment?
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