There are physical changes in the brain that help explain the high rates of relapse for coaine users, a new study has found.
The study found that using cocaine changes the way that neuro transmitters in the brain interact. This was especially true for the transitters that affect reward, motivation and drug addiction.
“We showed that cocaine disrupts the interaction between receptors and these changes could increase the risk of relapse under stressful conditions,” said Dr. Peter McCormick, author of the study.
The findings could help doctors to design treatments that target the failing communication in order to help former cocaine addicts maintain their sobriety.