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This Brain Receptor May Block Alcohol Addiction

This Brain Receptor May Block Alcohol Addiction

The activation of a specific receptor in the brain cells may ease certain alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This may help treat alcohol addiction for millions of people who struggle each year. Find out more about how this brain receptor works and why it can have such a positive impact on alcohol addiction.

Brain Receptors

The receptor that was targeted is called GPR139, located primarily in the part of the brain called habenula. This receptor is activated during alcohol and drug withdrawal. Most researchers are interested in the habenula because in this area of the brain that produces withdrawal symptoms, the goal is to make it less active and decrease desire for alcohol. The compound researchers were using was found to be effective at decreasing alcohol intake among rats that had the most alcohol intake and had the most compulsive habits towards alcohol.

Targeting Alcohol Addiction

The good thing about using this research to target alcohol addiction in humans is the fact that this is almost exclusively in the brain itself, which limits side effects. People who get the compound may not have any side effects. Three medications are approved currently to help treat the nearly 15 million people with alcohol addiction in the United States. Molecular biology is coming a long way at linking alcohol addiction to the brain and treating it there so it can get to the root causes biologically speaking. This may trigger more research and development of new discoveries of medicines that can be helpful for addiction to many drugs, not just alcohol.

Moving Forward

Although new research is coming out that may help people fight addiction, there are many battles to be won yet. Biologically speaking, there are ways to fight addiction from alcohol but there are also mental and physical ways to treat it which can provide relief for the millions who struggle each year. Even as research is coming out, there are current modalities and treatments which provide generally safe and approved support for people who struggle with everything from withdrawal to mental health issues following addiction.

Recovery is not for the faint of heart, it is about learning what will best support your own individual recovery and seeking that out. Wherever you are in your recovery journey, it will help to focus on getting what you need now and follow the new opportunities as they arise as research becomes available that supports new medications.

There is always difficulty in treating addiction because it is an individual experience. That is why we are here to partner with you on the journey. We know how hard it is for you to seek help so we make it as easy as possible to get in the door and get the help you need, as long as you do the work along the way. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401