Recently, the researchers had developed electrodes that could be inserted into the brains of the opioid abusers to help them get rid of the addiction. A team of surgeons in the US for the first time performed a surgery wherein the electrodes were implanted into the brain of a patient suffering from opioid use disorder. The basic goal is to help recover from opioid addiction. The researchers have termed the device as a deep brain stimulator and have designed it to help bring about a change in the function of the brain. It was used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and depression.
This new kind of therapy could be the best option as medications are proving inefficient in treating opioid abusers. Ali Rezai from the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute had implanted the deep brain stimulator with the hope of finding a new treatment. The technique is believed to help treat the treatment-resistant cravings for opioids. The addicts generally face a lot of trouble like relapses, overdoses, and inability to keep up with leading a normal life. Around 4 wires are inserted into the nucleus accumbens as it is the region that plays an important in case of opioid use. The wireless technology uses stimulation to control brain impulses. The study was funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and it is waiting for an approval from the FDA.
Likewise, the Scripps Research scientists have declared that they have found a molecular pathway in brain cells that has an important role to play in drug addiction, and this could become the target for addiction treatment in the near future. The researchers found the brain cells in the nucleus accumbens to change in case of opioid addicts as the signaling system involving cyclic AMP (cAMP) is found to be altered. The behavior of addicts is triggered by cAMP pathway. Thus, targeting this pathway could possibly keep track of cAMP levels in the neurons and subvert the problem of addiction.
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