Addiction (Oxford Psychiatry Library)

Addiction (Oxford Psychiatry Library)

David Nutt and Liam Nestor

Print publication date: Sep 2013

ISBN: 9780199685707

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library series, this resource is a clear and comprehensive overview of the brain science underpinning addiction that helps explain the current and future therapeutics for the range of addictions, using full colour images to enhance understanding. It focuses on the nature of addiction as a brain disorder that includes a range of different behavioural traits such as impulsivity and reward dependence, and discusses the critical role of kinetic and pharmacological factors. The also explains how the primary pharmacological targets of drugs of abuse are now understood, the relation to the variable nature of addiction to different substances, and how this may lead to new approaches to treatment.