ASMR videos help woman with oxycodone addiction

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversitySarah Toth is a 26 year old ASMR artist living in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Her YouTube channel is Karuna Satori ASMR and has over 170,000 subscribers.

A Daily Mail article by Megan Sheets explains how her road to being an ASMR artist is not the usual story.

The article describes an earlier lifestyle for Sarah involving LSD, mushrooms, ecstasy, heroin, and oxycodone.  By age 19 she was addicted to oxycodone and could not sleep without using it.

She did eventually succeed in curbing her addiction to oxycodone by utilizing methadone, a medication for helping to reduce the withdrawal symptoms from drugs of abuse like oxycodone.

Every night though Sarah was still challenged with falling asleep and would get strong urges for OxyContin (a brand name of oxycodone).

Until she discovered ASMR.

According to the article,

“Sarah stumbled across ASMR videos…it was a breakthrough.  Watching ASMR videos helped her fall asleep before she started craving another line of Oxycontin.”

Sarah is further quoted in the article as saying,

“It really helped me…when I used to consider using I would say, ‘maybe I should take a nap,’ but I couldn’t fall asleep.  So I watched ASMR.”

There are not currently any peer-reviewed research publications or in-progress clinical studies evaluating the effectiveness of ASMR as a treatment for the symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal.

But stories like Sarah’s and many other online reports about the potential helpfulness of ASMR for falling asleep, stress reduction, and other other conditions should provide additional motivation for an increase in ASMR research.

You can read the full story of Sarah Toth’s journey into and out of drug addiction here:

“‘Whispering therapy saved my life’: Mother-of-two who was addicted to snorting painkillers claims ‘tingly’ YouTube videos helped her get clean by training her to sleep instead of using”. by Megan Sheets, August 17 2017, The Daily Mail.

You can view Sarah’s ASMR channel here:

*Karuna Satori ASMR*

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