The Neurobiology of Addiction

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you should:

  1. Have an understanding of how the brain’s reward system drives addictive behavior
  2. Understand the working definitions of addiction according to two prominent medical bodies:
  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse
  1. Understand the primary and chronic nature of addiction as a disorder
  2. Have a basic understanding of the role that brain plasticity plays in addiction
  3. Have a basic understanding of why treatment is necessary for addicted people.