Individuals with weak signaling in a nicotine-sensitive brain circuit were more vulnerable to nicotine dependence than those with stronger signaling, according to a study conducted while the subjects’ brains were in a resting state. A second resting-state study finds that the same circuit appears to mediate dependence associated with a genetic risk factor for smoking.
Presents current knowledge on a variety of addiction issues, including nicotine’s affects on brain function; inhalant abuse; genetically-based research and treatment; maternal tobacco use and its effects on children; and a behavior game for young children.
Una de las metas del NIDA es la de ayudar al público a comprender las causas del abuso de drogas y de evitar su comienzo. El abuso de drogas tiene consecuencias serias en nuestros hogares, escuelas y comunidades. Desde la perspectiva del NIDA, el uso de cualquier droga ilícita o el uso inapropiado de las drogas lícitas se considera abuso de drogas.
Reports on the cognitive effects of addiction, potential genetic influences, strategies for training counselors, cost evaluation of evidence-based treatments, and a trial underway on brief strategic family therapy.