Addiction: Pulling at the Neural Threads of Social Behaviors


Addiction coopts the brain’s neuronal circuits necessary for insight, reward, motivation, and social behaviors. This functional overlap results in addicted individuals making poor choices despite awareness of the negative consequences; it explains why previously rewarding life situations and the threat of judicial punishment cannot stop drug taking and why a medical rather than a criminal approach is more effective in curtailing addiction.

Source: Neuron, Volume 69, Issue 4, 599-602, 24 February 2011

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