Reduce the Alcohol Craving
Researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center have been able to identify and deactivate a brain pathway linked to memories that cause alcohol cravings in rats. This study means that in the future we may be able to create a treatment plan that will help people who suffer from alcohol abuse disorders and other addictions.
In the study, researchers were able to prevent the addicted animals from seeking out alcohol. It seems that one of the main causes of relapse is craving, triggered by the memory. Some triggers for relapse can be going into a bar, or the smell of alcohol. The study found that when rats were exposed to the smell or taste of alcohol, there was a small window of opportunity to target the area of the brain that causes the craving for alcohol and to weaken or even erase the memory.
Everyone hopes that one day there will be a magic pill to “cure” addiction. Science is getting closer to helping the problems caused by addiction, but there is no cure. Treatment is still the best way to address your addiction.
If you have a problem with addiction, there is help available. Do not wait until you hit bottom to make the call. Seek treatment today. At Seabrook we provide addiction treatment for every level of care needed. We offer outpatient services, so that you can get treatment while you continue to go to school or work. Visit us at www.seabrook.org for more information today.