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First Pharmacological Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Two new discoveries offer the potential for the development of the first pharmacological treatment for cocaine addiction. Both studies come from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. One study found that propranolol proved to be successful in preventing the brain from retrieving memories associated with using cocaine.

This is the first time that a therapeutic treatment has been shown to block the retrieval of the memories connected with drug addiction, which is a major reason why many addicts return to their addiction.

The researchers also discovered the players in the brain responsible for “extinction” learning – the ability to replace the memories of cocaine use with associations that have no drug “reward.”

Cocaine is one of the toughest drug addictions to stop. About 80 percent of people trying to conquer their addiction have a relapse within six months.

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