Overall, anxiety is only one of the factors that contribute to relapse. Although it’s only one of the factors, aiming to ease this emotion in the withdrawal syndrome could make it easier for a drug addict to take control of his or her life once again. Even though the Nucleus Accumbens is an important area of the brain for survival, the reinforcing and rewarding effects of addictive drug intake and the anxiety produced by drug withdrawal, contribute to the addiction cycle, making it really hard to quit drugs. Further research in the action of the Nucleus Accumbens and anxiety in relapse could lead to better treatment designs for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
Because drug addiction is a disease based on neuro-adaptive changes, we should remember, first of all, to only use prescribed drugs as described by doctors. It may seem as a cliché, but understand that, to their best extent, doctors are professionally trained to understand how your physiological and psychological composition can best match the kind of drug you need, and how and when you should take it. Secondly, if your suffering from drug dependence, and are currently seeking to quit, go to a doctor or special organizations, such as Hogar Crea and Assmca for assistance.