Sensory processing sensitivity and drug use recovery pathways
Nowadays we are more and more exposed to external environmental stimuli and increased performance demands. This particularly affects those individuals who are more sensitive to such stimuli, like people high on the trait “sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). Drug use can serve as a dysfunctional way to deal with overstimulation. Our research delineates which social environmental factors increase drug use and which ones contribute to the recovery from drug use, in high SPS subjects. The identification of associated biomarkers will provide a mechanistic account for the ‘causing’ and ‘curing’ potential of social environmental factors in high SPS individuals.