Changes to nerve cells in the brain can impact a person’s susceptibility to relapse related to drug taking. (Zickler, Patrick. Addictive Drugs and Stress. MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA NOTES, Vol 18, No 5, Dec 2003, pp 1, 6-7)

Studies at UC San Francisco: Addiction is caused by more than the pharmacological effects of a given drug, Drug addiction is a life-long disease. Although drug-taking behaviors may be absent, the ‘memory’ makes relapse not only possible but likely. (Science News. Cocaine Addiction Linked To Voluntary Drug Use And Cellular Memory, Study Shows. 2008, Article)

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