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A so-called anti-cocaine vaccine has just been approved for human trials. The vaccine works by absorbing the drug in the bloodstream and blocks the dopamine-induced high when the user consumes cocaine.

A so-called anti-cocaine vaccine has just been approved for human trials. The vaccine works by absorbing the drug in the bloodstream and blocks the dopamine-induced high when the user consumes cocaine. (Tony Talbot/AP)

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Jowita Bydlowska is the author of Drunk Mom, a memoir, and Guy, a novel. As a journalist she mostly writes on the topics of mental health, addiction and arts and culture.

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Unlike a virus, or an inherited condition, or an environmental illness, addiction cannot be classified strictly within the parameters of cause and effect.

To put it more accurately: there are just too many causes for it, and we still don't have a consensus among addiction specialists as to what, exactly, it is. Yes, there is a nice and neat definition of "substance dependence" in the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but show me a definition in there that doesn't eventually get challenged.

Because of its complexity, addiction tends to attract all sorts of "cures." It makes sense, in a way: we know strep throat is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria, for example, so we treat it with an antibiotic. But because the cause of addiction is less clear, it creates space for all sorts of quick-fix treatments.

Anti-cocaine vaccine

One such treatment is a so-called anti-cocaine vaccine — dAd5GNE — which has just been approved for human trials. The vaccine works by absorbing the drug in the bloodstream and blocks the dopamine-induced high when the user consumes cocaine. The idea is that the vaccine will block the "fun" of getting high.

But just because we can name the area of the brain that is affected by addiction doesn't mean that we have the map. In fact, the map of addiction is complex, confusing and it changes its coordinates. And a vaccine, or a pill, is not really a compass.

The problem with a cocaine vaccine — or other pills or vaccinations for drug dependency — is that they create the impression that anything other than abstinence will fix the problem. It won't.

Any single use can be death sentence for a person with addiction — just one more high could mean an overdose, just one more binge could mean a fatal car crash. One more could mean a full-on relapse.

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