Research Reveals Neural Process Of Relapse

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Perhaps the most frustrating part of dealing with substance abuse is the likelihood of relapse. This can be frustrating for everyone invloved, including the patient, health professionals treating them and the family.

Stress has long been tied to relapse. As Carolyn Gregoire writes for Huffington Post, it wasn’t until a recent study at Brown University that scientists were able to identify how stress influenced the neural process in the brain that leads to relapse.

Though this is a remarkable breakthrough, it builds on decades of research and is simply another step to understanding the full process. It is believed the research at Brown gets experts closer to an effective treatment to avoid relapse, but does not present them with a method yet.

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