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Does a Preoccupation With Drug Cues Increase Risk for Cocaine Relapse?

Essentially all people with a substance addiction are affected by drug cues that increase their chances of engaging in substance use in certain circumstances. In the context of substance treatment, the presence of these cues can significantly increase the odds that any given person will relapse back into active substance intake. In a study published in September/October 2014 in The American Journal on Addictions, a group of American researchers sought to determine if a particular preoccupation with drug cues before entering treatment increases the likelihood of a relapse in people recovering from cocaine addiction.

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