Neuroplasticity and Predictors of Alcohol Recovery

Abstract

Chronic alcohol-related neuroadaptations in key neural circuits of emotional and cognitive control play a critical role in the development of, and recovery from, alcoholism. Converging evidence in the neurobiological literature indicates that neuroplastic changes in the prefrontal-striatal-limbic circuit, which governs emotion regulation and decisionmaking and controls physiological responses in the autonomic nervous system and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis system, contribute to chronic alcoholism and also are significant predictors of relapse and recovery. This paper reviews recent evidence on the neuroplasticity associated with alcoholism in humans, including acute and chronic effects, and how these neurobiological adaptations contribute to alcohol recovery, along with the discussion of relevant clinical implications and future research directions.

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@inproceedings{Seo2015NeuroplasticityAP, title={Neuroplasticity and Predictors of Alcohol Recovery}, author={Dongju Seo and Rajita Sinha}, booktitle={Alcohol research : current reviews}, year={2015} }