Monday, May 21, 2007

Nicotine and Other Addictive Drugs Like Heroin and Cocaine

Another study demonstrating that much of the addictive effect of drugs comes from the context in which the drug is taken as well as from the drug itself. This time it's nicotine and the study shows how any treatment has to take the user's environment into account as well. And, of course, here's the quote for us in corrections sentencing to consider: Psychologically, nicotine joins other such addictive drugs as heroin and cocaine-and even basic needs like food and water-in the category of primary reinforcers. Of course, cigarette users are deemed "good guys" and allowed to remain productive whereas . . . oh, you know the rest.

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