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Is there a Way to Separate Addiction and Painkillers?

A recent article in MIT Technology Review by Adam Piore profiled the efforts of medical researchers to separate addiction and painkillers.

Piore wrote of James Zadina, a researcher at the Tulane School of Medicine and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, that he “has been on the front lines of a battle to defeat an ancient human adversary: physical pain. But lately his work has taken on new urgency. As opioid-related deaths and addiction in the United States reach epidemic proportions, Zadina has been attempting to engineer a new kind of painkiller that wouldn’t have the devastating side effects often caused by commonly prescribed drugs such as Oxycontin.”

Additionally, the National Institute of Drug Abuse notes that up to eight percent of patients prescribed narcotic painkillers eventually become addicted.   Even with other alternatives and all the attention being paid to our nation’s opioid crisis, opioids have been the default option to treat pain. The core issue in developing new painkillers is challenging, because of the multitude of causes of pain.  However, there has been extensive research that indicates most of pain occurs through the misfiring of the brain.

According to David Thomas, an administrator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and a founding member of the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium, the continuing research and the pursuit of a solution to pain “is difficult, because the very mechanisms that make those pills good at dulling pain are the ones that too often lead to crippling addiction and drug abuse. Like their close chemical cousin heroin, prescription opioids can cause people to become physically dependent on them. Researchers have been trying for decades to separate the addictive properties of opiates from the pain-reducing properties. They kind of go together.”

An emphasis on healing the brain (NAD IV Therapy) is one of the newer ways that doctors are hoping to treat addiction.  The NeuroRecover™ treatment protocol, as offered by BrainSpark Health (Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania) focuses on enhancing the brain’s healing process by supplying amino acids to help in recovery. This treatment is completely safe, natural, and effective.  The treatment targets chemical dependency along with nervous system dependence.

NeuroRecover directly deals with the source of addiction, specifically, chemical changes in the brain.  With over 20 years of medical research in support of the process, NeuroRecover as a treatment for addiction has been found, in much of cases, to bring about improvement in the symptoms of drug and alcohol dependence in a seven- to ten-day period that otherwise would take months, to years, to occur (if it would occur at all).


Additional information on NeuroRecover is available by contacting BrainSpark Health through their website, at