Is Withdrawal Making Addiction Worse?

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Cocaine Addiction
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The high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal is a major obstacle for cocaine addicts. New research has provided a promising avenue for effective addiction treatment, through our DNA. Withdrawal from drug use results in reprogramming the genes in the brain that lead to addictive personality, report researchers in the Journal of Neuroscience .

“We inherit our genes from our parents and these genes remain fixed throughout our life and are passed on to our children; we can do very little to change adverse genetics changes that we inherit,” Moshe Szyf, a Medical professor at McGill University.

“Our research suggests that because the changes in addiction involve numerous genes, our current approaches will continue to fail if we target one or few targets in the brain, but more research is needed to confirm if these new avenues hold promise.” The Canadian Institute of Health Research, Ministere du Developpement Economique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE) program of the government of Quebec, and the Israel Anti-Drug Authority supported the work. Read more about it [here] .

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