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Many heavy smokers quit immediately and permanently when a small structure deep in the brain is damaged, a finding that provides a new lead in the search for smoking-cessation treatments, a study says.
"Nicotine addiction depends on a healthy insula" -- a region of the brain linked to emotion -- say the study's authors at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California and collaborators at the University of Iowa.
"There is a new target in sight. ... It is always amazing to identify targets," said Antoine Bechara, associate professor of neurosciences and psychology at USC and a senior author of the study. "There is a lot of potential for pharmacological developments."
Originally posted by forsakenwayfarer
Ibogaine is a natural alkaloid that can (and has been proven to) break/reduce addiction symptoms. However, it is a hallucinogen and therefore the pharmaceutical companies won't be able to make any money from it, so you won't be hearing about it on the 11oclock news.