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Do Clues to Addiction Live in Your Brain?

Scientists in Stockholm, Sweden reported this week that lab tests are confirming why people who used cocaine are more likely, even after long-term sobriety to relapse.  Basically, drugs such as cocaine “hijack” the brain’s reward system.  Researchers believe they have identified the specific molecule in the human brain that can lead to relapse.  The study was conducted on mice. Those that lacked the “addiction” receptor were less likely to want to consume cocaine after having it taken away from them.  These are interesting findings that could mean new and different treatment methods for addiction in the future.

Until more research is done on the specific parts of the brain that may lead to addiction, a rehabilitation center can still provide you or your loved one with exceptional care.  Rehab clinics like Vista Taos are constantly researching the innovative breakthroughs that science is suggesting may help with addiction.  And while science contributes to sobriety, there is something to say about a rehabilitation center that takes a more natural approach.  The study mentioned earlier talked specifically about cocaine, but prescription pill abuse is up 400%.  Major cities in southern states are seeing the fastest increase of pain pill abuse.  In Texas, these are cities like Houston (which is the 4th largest in the country) and the Dallas metro area (including Forth Worth) experiencing growing prescription drug abuse problems.  Vista Taos is a rehabilitation center located north of Santa Fe and incorporates group and individual counseling with holistic approaches to promote wellness.

Until science pinpoints the exact molecule in the body that causes us to have addictions, consider a rehabilitation center like Vista Taos.

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