Thursday, April 19, 2012

Preventing "Cravings" to Treat Drug Addiction

A study published last week in the journal Science describes a simple behavioural procedure that reduces heroin addicts' cravings and could also prevent them from relapsing after they've kicked the habit...[T]he procedure involves manipulating addicts' memories of past drug use, and could lead to non-pharmacological therapy for addiction, as well as psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and phobia...Cue exposure therapy relieves cravings in the clinical setting, but is less effective in doing so when addicts are re-exposed to drugs and associated cues later on. The new procedure could make this therapy more effective. more

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