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Neuron. 2011 Feb 24;69(4):599-602. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.01.027.

Addiction: pulling at the neural threads of social behaviors.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. nvolkow@nida.nih.gov

Abstract

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.

PMID:
21338873
PMCID:
PMC3188411
DOI:
10.1016/j.neuron.2011.01.027
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