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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Science has come a long way in helping us understand how drugs of abuse change the brain.

Advances in science have revolutionized our fundamental views of drug abuse and addiction

Research has revealed that addiction affects the brain circuits involved in reward, motivation, memory, and inhibitory control. When these circuits are disrupted, so is a person’s capacity to freely choose not to use drugs, even when it means losing everything they used to value. In fact, the inability to stop is the essence of addiction, like riding in a car with no brakes.

This page was last updated July 2008