Some call it a miracle; others call it a hoax. There's a debate surrounding a prescription for addiction.
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Learn about Prometa Addiction Treatment Casey: Mat McLellan’s art tells a story, a story of his addiction and pain. Matt: To me, this is not an awful ugly piece, the arm of the devil. Casey: Matt started with alcohol, then it was marijuana. He even used crystal meth but his worst enemy, crack cocaine. Matt: And it was just like an instant blast of—it was beyond any other drug. Casey: His addiction was costly. His wife and three kids moved away. Met lost his house and spent more than $50,000.00 on the drug. Matt: I couldn’t walk away until all of the money was gone. Casey: But today Matt has been clean and sober for a year. He did it with the treatment called Prometa. Matt: I haven't seen anything else like it. Casey: Doctor Steve Ayers uses Prometa on patients who are addicted to cocaine, meth or alcohol. It involves three to five infusions of the drug used to treat overdose. Then, patients take daily doses of oral pills typically used to treat anxiety and seizures for about a month. Steve: Does it physiologically changes the brain tissue, the brain chemistry. Casey: But not everyone is convinced. Dr. John Mendelson says studies on Prometa are not double blind, meaning the treatment has not been tested against a group of patients that receive no therapy. John: You are promoting a treatment that had no known efficacy to a group of people that can suffer a very severe consequence. Casey: The regimen is not FDA approved and can cost up to $15,000.00 which is not covered by insurance. Matt says the money was worth it. Matt: I think I'm so blessed to have found a cure for this disease in my lifetime. Casey: A treatment that has given him a life free of addiction. This is Casey Taylor reporting.
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