The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine
Addiction destroys lives. In The Addicted Brain, leading neuroscientist Michael Kuhar, Ph.D., explains how and why this happens–and presents advances in drug addiction treatment and prevention. Using breathtaking brain imagery and other research, Kuhar shows the powerful, long-term brain changes that drugs can cause, revealing why it can be so difficult for addicts to escape their grip.
Discover why some people are far more susceptible to addiction than others as the author illuminates striking neural similarities between drugs and other pleasures potentially capable of causing abuse or addiction–including alcohol, gambling, sex, caffeine, and even Internet overuse. Kuhar concludes by outlining the 12 characteristics most often associated with successful drug addiction treatment.
Authoritative and easy to understand, The Addicted Brain offers today’s most up-to-date scientific explanation of addiction–and what addicts, their families, and society can do about it.
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What Animals Tell Us About the Human Desire for Drugs
The Brains Own Reward System
Chapter 4 The ABCs of Drug Action in the Brain
Chapter 5 The Dark Side Develops
Chapter 6 Why Are Drugs So Powerful?
Chapter 7 The Brain Is ChangedFor a Long Time
Chapter 8 Could I Become an Addict?
Chapter 9 Stress Social Status and Drugs