A truly pioneering innovation has come about in the filed of heroin addiction treatment. No matter how counterintuitive it may sound this drug addiction treatment procedure focuses on the process of treating heroin addicts with the use of heroin. Recent data was collected in this field whereby scientists had carried out extensive studies on cocaine addiction treatment, heroin addiction treatment, meth addiction treatment, oxycontin addiction treatment and alcohol addiction treatment. The data proved an effective treatment of hardened addicts may come in the form of supervised heroin administration provided in select clinics. In fact, some professionals firmly believe this method could actually work, while other processes of detoxification and methadone programs are rendered ineffective.
Following the footsteps of Switzerland, Britain has just recently concluded a four year clinical trial of a new addiction treatment. Long-term opiate addicts were given daily heroin injections on a regular basis over the course of the treatment. The results of this experiment revealed this method actually helped reduce the rampant use of street drugs along with the increasing rate of crime among heroin addicted patients. This method has already been institutionalized in Switzerland, while Britain is making the arrangements to do the same.
This pioneering innovation has led to the establishment of Swiss heroin clinics funded by the state. The same types of clinics are in the process of being developed in Britain for chronic addicts.
John Strang, who features as one of the prime figures in this project on behalf of the King’s Health Partners in London and the National Addiction Center explained, “It’s a less than perfect treatment, but for entrenched addicts, it helps addicts take the first steps toward getting their life together. Some addicts will establish complete recovery, while others will progress from a bad place to a less bad place.”