Oxytocin Can Stave Off the Pangs of Addiction

July 29, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

Keeping former drug abusers clean for the long haul is notoriously difficult, but scientists believe novel therapies developed from oxytocin may offer hope to addicts trying to kick the habit.

Researchers began studying oxytocin’s effects on drug cravings during the 1990s, and a 1999 issue of the journal Progress in Brain Research noted that the hormone reduces withdrawal symptoms and lowers tolerance to various addictive drugs, including opiates, cocaine and alcohol.

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Oxytocin May Be Able to Help Smokers “Kick Butts”

July 24, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

By Maureen Salamon

Oxytocin and nicotine have much in common. Both calm anxiety. Both light up the brain’s “reward center” – a network of cells linked to pleasure. But oxytocin is clearly the healthier of the two chemicals, and researchers think it may have the power to help smokers “kick butts.”

Oxytocin’s reputation as the “love hormone” is actually the reason why support groups benefit people with addictions, scientists say. Those with bad habits to kick reinforce feelings of safety and trust among peers when they meet to talk about their struggles, a process that triggers the release of oxytocin in the brain.

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Oxytocin (Part 5/5)

July 7, 2011 Featured Comments Off

It is my goal in therapy to help patients love and have the capacity to receive love; all else is secondary. Love makes us strong for our progeny. We need sex to enhance love, have progeny, and vice versa. It is the natural outgrowth of love. What we too often confuse is love and need. Those who never had their needs fulfilled early in life will keep on looking for fulfillment, believing it is love when too often it is only sexual. So long as someone is needy, he or she will confuse that need with love.
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How Does Oxytocin Lessen the Stress and Bring on the Sex?

July 5, 2011 Oxytocin And Anxiety, Oxytocin and Sex Comments Off

Job pressures, commuting, money troubles. What do they have to do with sex?

Well, those are the stressors we need to get past to get in the mood for sex, and luckily oxytocin can help.

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