Brain Activation in Cocaine Addicts exposed to provocative drug Videos.
> 12/3/2005 8:00:55 PM

This PET Scan shows the dramatic effect that a drug video compared to a nature video has on the limbic area of the brain. This area of the brain is the center for emotion and pleasure. This area of the brain triggers urges that addicts in recovery battle when they are confronted by stimuli of People Place and Things. These visceral urges are difficult to battle especially in early recovery because of this brain activation demonstrated so dramatically in this PET scan.

It is this powerful brain triggering that leads addicts to relapse in early recovery. There is no more important behavior in early recovery than the development of new references for sobriety. These new sober references of  people places and things are what makes Alcoholics Anonymous such a powerful community. Staying away from the sources of triggering urges is critical to the establishment of longterm recovery.

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