The researchers, who published their work in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found that genes underlying smoking are associated with the perception of pain and response to food, as well as the abuse of other drugs such as cocaine. Other genes associated with alcohol use have been associated with stress and learning, as well as abuse of other drugs such as morphine.

Given the scarcity of available treatments for substance use disorders, the researchers also analyzed the public drug database to identify potential new treatments for addiction.

“We found that antipsychotics and other mood stabilizers have the potential to provide therapeutic relief for people struggling with addiction,” says Nancy Sey, a graduate student in Won’s lab and first author of the paper. “And we are confident that our work lays a good foundation for research aimed at creating better drug addiction treatments.”

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Source: Ferra

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