‘Love Hormone’ Helps Alcoholics
The “love hormone” oxytocin may help alcoholics going through detox. Two daily doses of oxytocin nasal spray during the first three days of a detox programme reduced the cravings amongst volunteers with severe but not life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
The group who received the hormone spray had fewer alcohol cravings and milder withdrawal symptoms than the placebo group.
Even better, some of them needed no supplementary treatment with highly addictive detox drugs like lorazepam, which reduced seizures but can cause other side effects like insomnia and cravings when users come off it.
The University of North Carolina researchers cannot explain why oxytocin works, and it has no known unpleasant side effects.
Called the “love” or “hug” hormone for its role in social bonding, oxytocin is released during orgasm and birth and other bonding moments between lovers or family members.
Oxytocin Wired To Rewards
Some research suggests that oxytocin “wires” your lover or child to your reward system.
It is activated and you feel good when the loved one is present— and not so good when he or she is not there or you fear the loss of the relationship.