By Rick Nauert, PHD
A new finding, albeit in animal research, suggest a common medication could be used as a treatment for cocaine addiction.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discovered a common beta blocker, propranolol, frequently used to treat people with hypertension and anxiety, is effective in preventing the brain from retrieving memories associated with cocaine use in animal-addiction models.
This is the first time that a therapeutic treatment has been shown to block the retrieval of memories associated with drug addiction, a major reason many addicts experience relapse, said psychologist Dr. Devin Mueller.
The research is published in the August issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.