Drugs and alcohol: treating and preventing abuse, addiction and their medical consequences.

@article{Volkow2005DrugsAA,
  title={Drugs and alcohol: treating and preventing abuse, addiction and their medical consequences.},
  author={Nora D. Volkow and Ting-Kai Li},
  journal={Pharmacology & therapeutics},
  year={2005},
  volume={108 1},
  pages={3-17}
}
Recent advances in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, behavioral neuropharmacology, and brain imaging have dramatically changed our understanding of the addictive process and why relapse occurs even in the face of catastrophic consequences. Addiction is now recognized as a chronic brain disease that involves complex interactions between repeated exposure to drugs, biological (i.e., genetic and developmental), and environmental (i.e., drug availability, social, and economic variables… CONTINUE READING

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