New Findings on Why Cravings for Cocaine Intensifies after Stopping Drug Use

New Findings on Why Cravings for Cocaine Intensifies after Stopping Drug Use

Scientists have puzzled over the fact that cravings can intensify the longer a drug user has stopped taking cocaine.  A new finding has new hope in developing treatments for cocaine addiction that can reduce the risk of relapse.

The study published in the May 25 issue of the journal Nature, “reveals a novel mechanism for why cocaine craving intensifies after cessation of drug use and suggests a new target for the development of medications to decrease the risk of relapse in abstinent cocaine abusers,” says National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow.

Marina E. Wolf, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Neuroscience at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago was the lead investigator in the study.  She found ” “that medications could be developed to block …. receptors in the nucleus accumbens,(without harmful effects) thus reducing drug craving and the risk for relapse ….”

If you know anyone who has trouble with abuse, you can find a treatment center at http://www.resistaddiction.com/

For more information on this study, you can visit the National Institute of Health at:  http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2008/nida-28.htm

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