Research

Study stops stress-based drug relapse in rats

Julie Kauer

“We’re at the point of coming to understand the processes (of stress-related drug relapse) and possible therapeutic targets. Remarkably, this has worked.”

All too often, stress turns addiction recovery into relapse, but years of basic brain research have provided scientists with insight that might allow them develop a medicine to help. A new study in the journal Neuron pinpoints the neural basis for stress-related relapse in rat models to an unprecedented degree. The advance could accelerate progress toward a medicine that prevents stress from undermining addiction recovery.