Neurobiology of Addiction
Brought to you by Akikur Reza Mohammad, M.D
Board Certified in Addiction, Psychiatry, and Neurology
CEO / Founder of Inspire Malibu Addiction Treatment Center
Associate Professor at USC Keck School of Medicine
To Understand the complexities of Addiction and it's Neurobiology, it's important to understand the brain's reward pathway.
Information travels through the VTA area to the Nucleus Accumbens to the Prefrontal Cortex.
These reward pathways make us feel pleasure and are activated by stimuli such as food, water or sex. These same areas are also involved in addiction.
Alcohol and Drug Use Changes the way the brain works. You can see a normal functioning brain on the left and the abnormal functioning addicted brain on the right.
Prolonged use of alcohol and drugs also changes the structure of the brain. You can see the normal healthy brain structure on the left and the abnormal addicted brain structure on the right which could be long lasting.
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