Have you ever considered how medical professionals develop medications that help us get over a nasty cold or recover from surgery? Where do these magical substances come from? While we might be familiar with the long (LONG) line of research that needs to be conducted, one particular step serves as a critical gateway point: the clinical trial. However, you might not realize that this simple yet beneficial assessment not only helps professionals develop an understanding for how a drug affects the human body but (furthermore) can actually be a useful step in drug abuse and addiction treatment, even for people suffering from the worst stages of this degenerative illness. So, how can the clinical trial benefit victims enduring this terrible plight? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Simply put, a clinical trial is a research study involving human beings (or sometimes animals) which is ultimately designed to test the effectiveness of a drug in a real-world setting. Typically, volunteers in a clinical trial work closely with a researcher (or team of researchers) to help them determine if a drug is ready to take to the next phase. Overall, the term “clinical study” is derived (of course) from the word “clinic,” a place where people undergo medical treatment.
Typically, clinical trials vary based on the type of treatment a researcher will be testing. For example, some subjects may receive a placebo medication (a dummy pill), while another group receives the actual drug.
Benefits for Addicts and Abusers
Of course, scientists and doctors are not the only people who benefit from these experiments. Some people who participate might be suffering from medical problems and can experience a breakthrough with experimental treatment (or a cure) for their ailment. Likewise, a healthy test subject will provide a blueprint for how a medication affects a top-notch human body.
However, clinical trials can provide many benefits for drug abusers and addicts. Sometimes, a clinical trial may be studying a medication that can be used for addiction therapy, rehabilitation, or detox (in the case of heroin, cocaine, or opioids).
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