Detailed article which presents in broad outline the emerging picture of the neurobiology of cocaine addiction. It begins with a brief review of cocaine’s immediate effects on brain function, then focuses on two more recently discovered types of effects: alterations in genetic activity that last for weeks, and alterations of nerve cell structure that last for months and possibly much longer.

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