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Nat Neurosci. 2005 Nov;8(11):1431-6.

Neurobiology of addiction: treatment and public policy ramifications.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, 3900 Chestnut Street, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


In the United States, efforts to treat addiction are hampered by prejudice and a public view that treats it as a disorder of self-control, not a disease. We highlight select advances in addiction research that, if disseminated to the public, could reverse these misconceptions and facilitate changes in policy to improve treatment access and care delivery for this highly prevalent disease.

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