Cocaine Can Cause Addiction after Just One Use, Study Says

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According to new research, using cocaine just once can rewire the brain and cause a serious addiction. Those with a drug addiction should contact a professional detox center like Harbor Village and get the 24/7 medically supervised assistance needed for recovery.

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“If you or someone you know has a drug addiction, it's so important to get sober at a detox center like Harbor Village, said Robert Niznik, Harbor Village CEO.

According to an ABC News article (6/30), Cocaine rewires brain after single use, study says, using cocaine once is enough to rewire the brain and cause addiction, according to new research. UC Berkeley and UCSF conducted the study on mice, which may help professionals treat addiction. Researchers found that after just one dose of cocaine, the rodents exhibited a rapid growth of dendritic spines, which are tiny, twig like structures that connect neurons and form the nodes of the brain's circuit wiring.

Linda Wilbrecht, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley, said their images provide clear evidence that cocaine induces rapid gains in new spines.

"The more spines the mice gain, the more they show they learned about the drug," she said.

For mice "learning about the drug" can mean seeking it out to the exclusion of meeting other needs, which may explain how addiction in humans can override other considerations that are necessary for a balanced life," Wilbrecht said.

When drug addicts experience the harmful effects of substance abuse, they should seek private drug rehab at a detox center like Harbor Village.

A certified detox center, Harbor Village enables clients to begin the recovery process with private drug rehab in a luxury, state-of-the art environment. Located in South Florida, clients are welcomed with upscale accommodations including a beautifully furnished suite complete with satellite television, 30,000 square feet of outdoor lounge area, spa, salon, massage and acupuncture services, nutritious, gourmet dining and a result- proven, individualized plan for recovery. For most drug and alcohol addicts, a modern detox facility offering a personalized program designed specifically for each client is the only solution.

“If you or someone you know has a drug addiction, it's so important to get sober at a detox center like Harbor Village", said Robert Niznik, Harbor Village CEO.

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