Is Microdosing a Form of Medication Assisted Treatment?
Microdosing is a term that has been used recently in the media and by some professionals as a new approach to medication treatment. It refers to taking small doses of drugs that do not produce the same effects as usual but still have beneficial properties. The idea is that microdoses can create cognitive benefits like enhanced attention and focus, heightened creativity, enhanced memory recall, etc., without any of the negative side effects produced by larger doses of stimulant drugs like cocaine. Therefore, how can microdosing be used as a form of MAT?
How Does it Work?
Microdosing involves taking small amounts of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD or Psilocybin mushrooms to combat depression, anxiety, and other mood-based disorders. These substances that the patient ingests are known to impact neurotransmitter levels in the brain for short periods and bring about a certain feeling of euphoria that can counteract some symptoms of depression.
Microdosing is different from a full session with psychotherapists in two ways: patients take lower doses and take them more frequently than in traditional psychiatry sessions. This does not involve a standardized prescription, and instead, the patient takes drugs as often as needed for any symptoms that arise.
Moreover, it is also different from traditional psychiatry in that patients do not have to sit down with psychiatrists for an hour or more to discuss their issues; this method allows the patient to be in control of their use, and they are allowed to choose what they put into their bodies.
Benefits of Microdosing
If the word ‘microdose’ is unfamiliar to you, then you are not alone. But in the past few years, this approach has gained popularity because it allows people to take drugs and combat depression and other conditions without having to go through withdrawal symptoms or sacrificing their daily routine. Some of the benefits include:
1. Eliminating the ‘high’ and Negative Side Effects
The idea behind microdosing is that patients do not have to experience high doses of euphoria, thus eliminating some of the negative side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Moreover, this method allows people to take the drug without experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it.
2. A Non-Addictive Option
Patients who suffer from severe conditions that affect the mood, such as depression, may want to try something without the addictive qualities of normal drugs like anti-depressants or anti-psychotics. The idea is that microdosing is a drugless alternative for patients who require medication for their symptoms.
Another benefit that microdosing offers is the empowerment to take control of one’s body and mind. This method allows patients to overcome their feelings of hopelessness and despair, thus allowing them to move beyond self-doubt and negative thoughts. Thus, it can be viewed as a tool that allows patients to fight mental health conditions in an environment where they are trusted and allowed to make choices based on their own will.
Microdosing is a new way of taking drugs that have been gaining popularity in the media, with some professionals and patients suggesting it as a treatment method. Many doctors and psychiatrists who have tried microdosing personally have reported that this approach offers many benefits, especially to people who are suffering from mental health conditions. The Sands Treatment Center is a rehab center that allows you to live the life you want. We are here to help; get in touch with us today.