Cocaine addiction has long plagued hundreds of thousands of people. Easy access to the drug and it’s physical and psychologically addictive properties make it hard to put down for people that start. Often times individuals who start experimenting with drugs and alcohol are first introduced to alcohol and marijuana and shortly after cocaine and harder drugs.
Cocaine addiction treatment is similar to other substance abuse treatment using a combination of therapeutic techniques, group therapy and in many cases 12-step programs for support. In many cases, cocaine users relapse because of the drug’s elusive and addictive properties. New research on the subject has found a molecular brain process that is activated by drug use. This new discovery could lead to a better process for cocaine addiction treatment, reversal and even prevention of this problem.
Past research has proved that the brain of someone who has used cocaine long-term differs from the brain of a non-user in that the brain has a harder time controlling impulses for things like food, drugs and sex. The research found neurons in the nucleus accumbens make certain proteins after a person has used cocaine - one has to do with addiction and the other has to do with learning. These proteins feed into each other and in cocaine addiction and highly active in the brain. While this research is preliminary and has been done mostly on rodents, there is great hope in the field of addiction treatment that better cures will be found in the near future, possibly through the use of gene therapy and other therapeutic measures.
Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.