How cocaine hijacks the craving brain

时间:2019-03-02 09:19:01166网络整理admin

BUMPING into former drug buddies, glimpsing drug users or passing an old haunt induces cravings that remind recovering cocaine addicts of their old habits and make them want to go back to the drug. The chemical responsible for such cravings has now been identified, and that could lead to more effective rehabilitation. Snorting or smoking cocaine triggers the production of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure centre, the nucleus accumbens, causing a feeling of reward that gives addicts a high and hooks them. Now Nora Volkow at the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland,