Understanding Addiction’s 3 Stages Could Help Us Treat The Disease

HUFFINGTON POST (01/28) – Experts who research addiction have long argued that it is a disease of the brain. Now, in a new paper, they present a model of addiction, broken down into three key stages, to illustrate how the condition changes human neurobiology. Essentially, each of these three phases affects the brain in a unique way, according to the review of studies, published today (Jan. 27) in The New England Journal of Medicine. These brain changes, in turn, affect a person’s behavior, altering both the way they react to stress and their ability to control certain actions, the authors propose. Read more

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