Methamphetamine Cured my Cocaine Addiction*Corresponding Author: Thomas F. Newton, Baylor College of Medicine, MEDVAMC, 2002 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030, United States, Tel: +1 713 791 1414 x 6498, Email: [email protected]
Received Date: Aug 25, 2010 / Accepted Date: Oct 13, 2010 / Published Date: Oct 14, 2010
Citation: Haile CN, De La Garza R, Newton TF (2010) Methamphetamine Cured my Cocaine Addiction. J Addict Res Ther 1:103.DOI: 10.4172/2155-6105.1000103
Copyright: © 2010 Haile CN, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Cocaine dependence is an enduring problem and years of research and drug development has yet to produce an effi cacious pharmacotherapy. Recent clinical research suggests that chronic treatment with amphetamine-like medications produces tolerance to cocaine’s reinforcing effects and may offer a viable pharmacotherapy. Three methamphetamine-dependent participants that had been in our clinical laboratory experiments and previously addicted to cocaine are reviewed. Data obtained from initial screen and informal conversation suggested that all participants considered methamphetamine to have helped them stop using cocaine and eliminate cocaine craving. Methamphetamine also signifi cantly decreased their alcohol consumption but did not alter cannabis or nicotine use.