a silly question about drugs used in addition therapy

Shamim Khaliq shamim at khaliq.intensive.co.uk
Wed Dec 13 10:50:57 EST 2000

Re: this new drug, Zyban, to help people stop smoking. It elevates dopamine
levels in the mesolimbic system and has noradrenergic effects in the locus
coeruleus. It reduces craving. I'm an extravert/impulsive, meaning increased
sensitivity to reward and novelty possibly due to increased dopaminergic
activity in the ventral tegmental projection system. It also makes me more
susceptible to addiction, presumably also due to increased sensitivity to
reward. (See http://www.cogsci.soton.ac.uk/bbs/Archive/bbs.depue.html)
Wouldn't a drug that reduces the motivational properties of stimulants also
affect my personality?

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