While addiction treatment and relapse are incredibly challenging no matter the drug of choice, recent findings highlight cocaine’s direct effects on relapse. According to Dr. Peter McCormick and his colleagues out of the University of East Anglia, a molecular mechanism in the brain’s reward system influences how recovering addicts deal with relapse. Relapse among recovering cocaine addicts is high, especially when the addicts are under stress. The researchers found through their studies that cocaine specifically disrupts significant interactions within the receptors in the brain, increasing risk for relapse. Not only is this new-found understanding important; but it may also help in identifying how to protect against relapses.

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