Study Focuses on Cravings to Fight Addiction
As the opioid crises reaches epidemic proportions, medical professionals and public health officials throughout the United States are desperately searching for effective ways to fight back. In an article published recently in JAMA Psychiatry, scientists from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas proposed a first-of-its-kind model for drug addiction research that focuses on cravings.
Cravings--intense, urgent feelings of needing or wanting something—play an important role in addiction and relapse. Current treatments for addiction can reduce physical symptoms and behavioral aspects, but addressing cravings has proven largely ineffective.
This new research focuses on identifying precise regions of the brain involved in producing cravings. The goal is to learn more about the effects of cravings and develop targeted treatments to control them. Early results have been promising, but more studies are needed.
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