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Yes I stand that it is true for any dopaminergic drug including heroin and metamphetamin. We also have to understand that advertising about certain drugs are very misleading: cocaine is similar to methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and methamphetamine to amphetamine (Adderall) and I quote:
“The brain cannot distinguish between amphetamine and methamphetamine” (Carl Hart Pofesor Columbia University)
“In our studies with cocaine abusers we substitute cocaine by methylphenidate because the brain cannot tell the difference between these two drugs” (Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of National Institute of Drug Abuse)

I understand that when you take a stimulant medication, it reduces the need or attraction to other dopamine sources, it is natural. The knowledge about the relation between dopamine deficiency and addictions is important not only on prevention purposes. To treat and cure addictions we should keep in mind that patients are persons with a dopamine deficit, a deficit that has been worsened by drug abuse. That fact, today medicine usually does not take in account.