The Rat Park experiment

Are drugs addictive? As odd as it might sound, one scientist believes that they weren't — at least not to the degree most people insisted. He thought it had more to do with overwhelming misery and depressing environments, and to prove it he created the ideal environment... for rats. » 5/06/13 6:20am 5/06/13 6:20am

The Cure for Drug Abuse? Changing People's Memories

Even after drug users kick the habit, there's still the risk of relapse. And a big reason for this is fact that the person can still remember the pleasurable side of drug use. The solution might be to actually change the nature of those memories. » 4/17/12 2:25pm 4/17/12 2:25pm

We've found the part of the brain that makes people want to do cocaine

Cocaine is a hugely addictive drug, capable of fundamentally changing the brains of those who use it. But that dependence doesn't necessarily come out of nowhere, as we've now discovered what part of the brain predisposes people to cocaine use. » 6/21/11 3:36pm 6/21/11 3:36pm

Cocaine vaccine could make drug addiction a distant memory

The first ever vaccine for drug addiction has just been created. By combining a cocaine-like molecule with part of the common cold virus, you get a vaccine that turns the immune system against cocaine, keeping it away from the brain. » 1/05/11 2:20pm 1/05/11 2:20pm

Shrooms Change Your Life for the Better

Far from just a few hours of psychedelia, a trip on magic mushrooms could stay with you your whole life - in a good way, according to Roland Griffiths, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University. Two thirds* of the 36 men and women who took carefully measured doses of the active trippy ingredient psilocybin reported… » 7/02/08 9:12am 7/02/08 9:12am