“Brain dysfunction associated with heroin addiction is sustained even after at least 3 years of abstinence, according to the first brain imaging study to evaluate long-term outcomes of former addicts.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first published article evaluating brain functional connectivity in heroin-dependent individuals who have abstained from drug use for extended periods of time,” the investigators, led by Feng Zou, Cognitive and Mental Health Research Center at Beijing Institute of Basic Medical Science, in China, write.
“In this study, we show that abnormal brain functional organization in heroin addicts persists after multi-year abstinence,” the authors add.”
The study was published online August 17 in the Journal of Neuroscience Research.
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Source: Medscape.com – September 17, 2015