Drug and alcohol abusers who want to truly reform now have better chances of recovery because of our pharmacogenetic testing. This latest form of examination will help in guiding the treatment decisions made by medical providers. It will help them tailor the right medicines and their dosages that will most likely benefit their patients.
Pharmacogenetics – Its Nature
Pharmacogenetics refers to the study of how genetic factors affect each individual’s differences in drug response. Since this is a relatively new field of medical science, there are not too many clinicians who are knowledgeable about its terminology and background. However, at New Creation Treatment, it has become a part of our Christian addiction recovery programs because of the proven assistance it gives in allowing the best rehab program for women to be planned.
This field of study has discovered that there is a role played by genetics when it comes to drug response. As such, its purpose is to find out the effect of inherited and acquired genetic differences on the drug responses of patients.
Pharmacogenetic testing tries to correlate single-nucleotide polymorphisms or gene expressions with the absorption, elimination, metabolism and distribution of drugs, and their effects on drug receptor targets.
Why Is Pharmacogenetics Important?
The importance of pharmacogenetics can be gleaned from its stated goals. Some of our objectives of this field of medical study are:
- To be well acquainted with gene functionality and how it affects the patient’s treatment efficacy
Pharmacogenetic testing promises the development of personalized or customized medicine wherein drugs or drug combinations will be optimized for the unique genetic make-up of every patient.
This new field of testing is poised to give an explanation to the response to the treatment or lack thereof of the patient. It can be also used as a predictive tool to project the patient’s treatment response to drugs.
In all cases, the patient will be provided with better treatment results, reduction of drug toxicities and adverse side effects and enhanced treatment efficacy.
It would also benefit patients who do not manifest any therapeutic response to drug treatments since we will be able to recommend alternative therapies that will best suit the patient’s needs.
Benefits of Pharmacogenetics
With a wider deployment of pharmacogenetic testing, the following benefits will be enjoyed by patients undergoing New Creation Treatment‘s drug rehab programs.
- The results of pharmacogenetic testing will be included in the patient’s medical record and history. As such, it will be made available to other medical providers who are authorized to get access to it.
For instance, if a patient has multiple health problems aside from his or her drug addiction, all the medical providers will have the same information about what drugs are best for the patient and what drugs are not to be avoided.