“This is a novel discovery that tandospirone can reverse the deficit in neurogenesis caused by alcohol.”
~ Professor Selena Bartlett, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology
Chronic excessive drinking has long been associated with brain damage and dysfunction. But brand-new research just published in Scientific Reports says a drug has recently been identified that may potentially help drinkers’ brains “reboot”, thereby reversing some of the damage caused by heavy alcohol consumption.
Helping Brain Cells Regenerate
Alcohol impairs the brain by damaging existing neurons—brain cells—and by inhibiting the ability to grow new ones. This primarily occurs in the cerebellum, the brain region linked with learning and motor coordination.
But a promising new study indicates that tandospirone, an anti-anxiety medication used in China and Japan, reverses impaired regeneration, thereby allowing new neurons to grow. This is exciting news about tandospirone, because as Professor Bartlett says, “…this is the first time it has been shown that it can totally reverse the neurogenic deficits induced by alcohol.”
Not a “Magic Pill”
While this is promising news for people who are wanting to recover from an addiction to alcohol, the use of ANY medication does not address the underlying factors that played a role in the development of the addiction in the first place.
Addiction in any form is a complicated disease. For recovery to be successful, the disorder must be addressed on multiple levels:
In addition, a person must learn new coping skills, make dedicated lifestyle changes, and create strategies to guard against relapse. This usually requires the help of experts who specialize in the treatment of addiction.
Lasting Recovery outpatient alcohol rehab in San Diego can provide that specialized expert care. With an approach that is evidence-based and wellness-focused, Lasting Recovery can help you restore both sobriety and serenity to your life.