The difference between those who mature out of addiction and those who do not may also mirror the difference between addicts who struggle to abandon addiction and may develop some insight, and those who decide that they are "hooked," make no effort to abandon addiction, and give in to what they regard as inevitable.
In the most recent headline-grabbing research, a study in rats found that a brain region important for pleasure was activated more strongly when the animals were exposed to Oreos compared to cocaine. A 2011 study found that the brains of people with "food addiction" reacted to junk food the same way that the brains of people with drug addictions react to drugs.?
Julian Buchanan's insight:
What we have classed as 'drugs' has little to do with addiction or with the pharmacological nature of the substance - but has everything to do with social, cultural, economic and political concerns.
The images of rotting flesh and zombielike krokodil junkies could scarcely make for a more frightening cautionary tale about drug use, Kane-Willis said. A krokodil panic, Kane-Willis fears, will draw attention away from the need for better treatment options for drug users.
"But when you try to scare people with something that's not real, you lose credibility," she said. "And when you dehumanize someone with addictions, you make it harder for them to seek help."
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Julian Buchanan's insight:
One of so many phoney shock horror stories? Probably!
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