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Social Connection May Help Avoid Opioid Addiction Relapse

Article from BrainFacts.org by Stephani Sutherland

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"Among the greatest symptoms driving people to take drugs again after quitting is craving, an intense desire or compulsion to take the drug. Cravings arise in response to trigger or cues that remind one of drug taking. In a phenomenon demonstrated in both people and rodents called incubation, craving actually become more intense over time."

This article examines a new study on laboratory animals that suggest addiction treatment that emphasizes on social connection could improve the chances for people with substance use disorders to stay sober. 

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Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Relapse
  • insights