Stimulating the Mind May Reduce Drug Cravings, Reveals Chapters Capistrano

New research shows keeping the mind actively engaged and challenged may help curb drug cravings, says Chapters Capistrano.

Cravings are a major challenge when it comes to addiction. The mind creates an intense desire for the drug high which leads people to continue using. Because the brain’s reward system has been altered, it can be difficult to change patterns of use. This is one reason why professional treatment is necessary to support recovery. A new study finds that cognitive stimulation may be an effective complement to treatment.Orange County drug and alcohol rehab center Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding these findings and the impact of comprehensive care.

“We have known for years that substance misuse creates changes in the brain,” says Susie Shea, co-owner of Chapters Capistrano, “but this study offers insight into how to potentially reverse some of these changes and better help clients in recovery. It can allow rehab centers to adjust their approaches accordingly and integrate different strategies.”

According to the study, “Though it has been recognized that boredom may contribute to an individual’s choice to begin using a drug, this new study suggests that reversing boredom may actually have the ability to reduce vulnerability to drug-seeking behavior. The study has only been conducted on mice so far, but results may allow for expansion to humans.”

The mice were split into two groups and given cocaine for a few weeks. One group was then given opportunities during the day for “exploring, learning, and finding hidden treats” while the other group did not have these same enrichment activities. They remained in more confined quarters. The study showed that those who were engaged in enrichment activities where “less likely than their enrichment-deprived counterparts to seek out a chamber where they had been given cocaine.” Those without this stimulation were more likely to return to the area where they had been receiving cocaine previously.

“We encourage clients to stay mentally stimulated and engage in a variety of activities that keep them thinking and learning,” says Shea. “They can explore hobbies, fitness classes, and holistic healing opportunities that they might not have otherwise tried. While there is structure and routine to each day, clients also have flexibility in what they are participating in.”

Linda Wilbrecht, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and senior author of the paper says, “Our data are exciting because they suggest positive learning experiences, through education or play in a structured environment, could sculpt and develop brain circuits to build resilience in at-risk individuals, and that even brief cognitive interventions may be somewhat protective and last a relatively long time.”

“At Chapters Capistrano we are always looking for ways to improve our customized treatment options and support clients in ways that benefit their health and recovery,” explains Shea. “This study could have the potential to expand approaches to treatment and provide more tailored and effective care for long-term recovery. It could also be beneficial for future prevention methods.”


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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