People who are addicted to cocaine are particularly prone to developing habits that render their behaviour resistant to change, regardless of the potentially devastating consequences, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings may have important implications for the treatment of cocaine addiction as they help explain why such individuals take drugs even when they are aware of the negative consequences, and why they find their behaviour so difficult to change.
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The discovery of a brain circuit ‘shortcut’ could explain why some addicts unintentionally relapse, and suggests that a shift in focus for therapies might help those who want to stay off drugs.
Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown ‘back door’ into the brain, circumventing their self-control, suggests a new study led by the University of Cambridge.
Johannes Lenhard, a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, discusses his experience of researching the lives of people who beg and considers how they may be affected by new legislation.
Individuals with a low risk for cocaine dependence have a differently shaped brain to those with addiction17 Jan 2013
Research provides unique insight into the often misunderstood world of addiction.
Research into the way memory works could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of alcoholism. Memories associated with triggering relapse in alcoholics could be treated at the point of recall, deleting the unconscious stimulus that spark craving for drink.
Research provides insight into why some individuals with a family history of drug abuse are at higher risk of addiction.
Medicines which increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine may hold the key to helping those addicted to cocaine and amphetamines kick the habit, researchers from the University of Cambridge have found.