February 1, 2023

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What’s up everyone my name is dylan i’m an addiction recovery advocate and speaker and what i’m going to talk to you about today is something a little bit controversial so i want to start off by saying that i am not a medical professional for medical advice you should seek a medical professional additionally to stop medication abruptly without the advice or

Suggestions of a physician or a prescriber or a pharmacist would not be wise having said all that what i am going to share today is my professional assessment from my experience as a professional in the addiction treatment industry i’ve been in recovery myself since 2004 and during that time have been intimately involved in recovery communities and the addiction

Treatment industry and one thing i’ve noticed during this time is aside from the massive amounts of overdoses due to the opiate crisis is an increase in the amount of medication being prescribed in addiction treatment and i bring this up because i believe that it’s at the source of a lot of problems in addiction treatment currently the statistic rates are around

30 percent in regards to success coming out of treatment this is something that joseph califano the founder of the national center on addiction and substance abuse said in regards to therapeutic communities about 30 percent of those coming out of therapy therapeutic communities tend to do well that’s kind of low especially given the massive amount of resources that

Are being allotted to this problem so i think it’s possible that part of the reason why the recovery rate the success rate is low is because of the massive amount of medication being prescribed in addiction treatment to clients in or seeking recovery and the reason why i think this is because of the way that medications affect the brain it’s also no secret that

There is a big incentive to maybe market things in a not so transparent way this is how the opiate crisis started it’s a big reason why the opiate crisis became so big big pharma was marketing oxycontin and playing it off as a non-addictive painkiller now we see that that’s not true and i think something is similar is happening today with some of the medications

Being prescribed in addiction treatment so instead of talking about this more broadly i’m going to narrow in on one specific medication gabapentin narotten gabapentin is known to be abused i’ve seen it myself not to mention gabapentin has also been shown to block the formation of new brain synapses now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you

Need to be able to form form new brain synapses to recover from addiction or to form any new habit that’s the essence of changing behavior as your brain changes now it’s not like there isn’t an alternative in fact one woman showed that by using meditation not medication meditation she decreased her need for opiate medications by 75 additionally meditation has

Been shown to rewire the brain to strengthen the frontal cortex to strengthen our ability to have control over some of our actions it’s a little weird to me that this specific medication would be prescribed so commonly in addiction treatment the reason why i bring all this up is because it’s my mission my passion to increase engagement in the recovery process

And to improve long-term outcomes i don’t want to see anyone else overdose or return to treatment for a fifth sixth or seventh time my hope is that they’re able to improve results and what i bring to the table is the relevant but perhaps unknown solutions that can create these meaningful results over time so this is all information to consider is this helping

Me is this helping my process and if i’ve relapsed numerous times have ever considered the possibility that medication might have something to do with it like i said at the beginning of the video it’s important to talk with your doctor or prescriber or pharmacist about these issues at the same time it’s also important to get numerous opinions as we saw with the

Opiate crisis and big pharma in general there is a big incentive to engage in false marketing and greed so while i share this information you might not get the same opinion from others which is fine but it’s up to you to decide is this helping me or should i be maybe doing something like meditation instead i appreciate you all for joining me today and i hope

That we can engage in more holistic healthy practices together to improve the culture of treatment and recovery essentially transforming this massive sense of despair into hope you

Transcribed from video
Medication and Recovery (Gabapentin) By Dylan Lundgren