The Biology of Addiction: Why Do We Get Hooked?

Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of addiction as a disease. Advances in imaging are taking us inside the brains of addicted people, pinpointing the regions affected by drugs of abuse, and demonstrating that alcohol and other substances change the structure and function of the body. As scientists tease out the combination of biological, environmental, and genetic factors that allow addiction to develop and progress, new opportunities are emerging to prevent or treat the disease.

Speakers: Nora Volkow
Festival: Spotlight Health 2015

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