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Viterbo, Italy

Colace C.,U.O.C. Psychology | Belsanti S.,Center for Drug Addiction | Antermite A.,U.O.C. Psychology
Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems

Results. The results show that drug-addicted patients reported an LSCL mean score that indicates limbic system irritability. Furthermore, patients whose experience included drug dreams reported a higher, statistically significant LSCL mean score than patients who had not had any drug dreams. Our results are also consistent with previous studies regarding the phenomenological picture of drug dreams and their clinical applications.Discussion and conclusion. We assume that, in the patients who reported drug dreams, the higher LSCL scores may be due to the presence of a stronger drug craving, of which the higher mesolimbic-mesocortical dopamine tone is the neurobiological correlate. The association between the greater limbic DA tone and the occurrence of drug dreams appears to be consistent with the results of clinical-anatomical studies on dreaming with reference to the crucial role of the mesolimbic-mesocortical dopamine system in the instigation of dreams.Background. Drug dreams, that is, the dreams of drug-addicted patients with contents related to their craving for the drugs they are addicted to, have been investigated to determine their clinical and prognostic significance, as well as for their implications from the standpoint of general dream research and theory. Recent progress in the neurobiology of drug addiction and drug craving, affective neuroscience, and the neuropsychology of dreaming, provide a background for investigating the possible neurobiological correlates of these dreams, which may deepen our understanding of the close link between drug dreams and the craving for drugs.Aim. This paper investigates the relationship between drug dreams and limbic system activity in drug-addicted patients as measured by means of the Limbic System Check List-33 (LSCL).Methods. 53 heroin-addicted subjects were interviewed about their drug dreams; the interviews made use of the Drug Dreams Questionnaire. © 2014, Pacini Editore S.p.A. All rights reserved. Source

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