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First Pharmacological Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

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Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Recently, two new discoveries have offered the potential for the development of the first pharmacological treatment for cocaine addiction. Both studies came from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

In the first study, propranolol was successful in preventing the brain from retrieving memories associated with using cocaine. This marked the first time that a therapeutic treatment has blocked the retrieval of the memories connected with drug addiction. These memories, or triggers, are a major reason why many people in recovery return to their addiction.

In addition, the researchers discovered the players in the brain responsible for ‘extinction’ learning. This has to do with the ability to replace the memories of cocaine use with associations that have no drug ‘reward.’ Cocaine, after all, is one of the toughest drug addictions to stop. In fact, about 80% of people trying to conquer their addiction have a relapse within six months. However, if these and further studies find ways to make the recovery process easier, relapse rates may decrease.

Clinical and Faith-Based Healing at Road to Freedom

Even though this pharmaceutical advancement shows a lot of promise for stopping future addictions, cocaine use is still on the rise. If you or someone you know is addicted to cocaine and is looking to quit, call Road to Freedom today at (844) 402-3605.

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