New Study Provides Breakthrough in Addiction Treatments

Neuroscience

According to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, a memory-enhancing┬ámedication┬ámay help drug addicts avoid relapsing after therapy. Scientists have found that D-cycloserine, a chemical used to treat fear and anxiety disorders, may help a drug addict gain resistance. The study, led by Mary Torregrossa of Yale University, consisted of observing 168 rats that self-administered cocaine for weeks, a behavior identical to addiction in humans. The researchers used extinction therapy, a behavioral therapy, to minimize the craving effects of cues. They also added the D-cycloserine memory-enhancing drug to supplement…

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