Mephedrone addiction treatment

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Mephedrone addiction is a growing problem associated with chronic use of the drug mephedrone. Not to be confused with the heroin substitute, methadone, mephedrone (also known as 4-methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC, “MCAT”, “bubbles”, “meow meow” or “miaow miaow”) is usually sold as a white, off-white or yellow powder or crystals. Users take mephedrone by snorting it, swallowing “bombs” (wraps of paper), or in pill or capsule form. Repeated use can lead to mephedrone addiction which, as with any other drug addiction, may require professional treatment.

This article on mephedrone drug addiction treatment is written by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.


Can mephedrone addiction be treated?

As mephedrone is a relatively new drug, not much is known about the most effective way of treating mephedrone addiction. Interventions such as drug counselling might be useful, and specialist interventions similar to those used with alcohol addiction or other drug dependence could also be adapted to treat mephedrone addiction. This may include supervised withdrawal in a rehabilitation centre and medical management of the side-effects of withdrawal.

Some types of drug addiction may also be helped using alternative methods such as acupuncture of hypnosis. However, since little is known about the long-term use of mephedrone or mephedrone addiction, it is advisable to seek medical advice before embarking on self-help strategies or going “cold turkey”.

As drug abuse can often escalate to include the use of multiple different substances (“uppers” and “downers”), mephedrone addiction can sometimes occur alongside addiction to other substances, including methadone. Treatment of mephedrone addiction may, therefore, need to be carried out in conjunction with withdrawal from other substances.

Seeking help for mephedrone addiction is a personal choice and all avenues should be thoroughly explored before embarking on a treatment plan.


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