How to predict drug seeking

How Drugs and Alcohol Can Hijack Your Brain

There is a road down which those with substance addiction travel. Its beginnings are influenced by circumstances and genetics; it becomes well trodden, habitual, initially reinforced by pleasurable effects and then by cues; and, for some, it will become a road they can never leave. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing psychiatric disease, with complex behavioural processes and equally complex changes to brain circuits. The brain of a person who has drunk alcohol or taken drugs is different to the brain of one who has not, as pharmacologist Dr David Belin describes: “I like whisky. I started drinking whisky when I was 20 and I have only a small amount now and then. ….[READ]

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