Researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine have learned through brain imaging that addiction cravings are different in men and women. The research study suggests that men and women with cocaine addiction might benefit more from different treatment options.
“There are differences in treatment outcomes for people with addictions who experience stress-induced drug cravings and those whose cravings are induced by drug cues,” said Marc Potenza, professor of psychiatry, child study and neurobiology and author of the research study. “It is important to understand the biologic mechanisms that underlie these cravings.”
The study’s findings indicate that women addicted to cocaine might benefit from stress-reduction therapies that directly target the cravings. Men might get more help from cognitive behavioral therapy or a 12 step program.