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Brain plasticity in drug addiction: Burden and benefit

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June 26, 2020

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Mary Bonnette, Ph.D
July 6, 2020

Cordelia Rocco asked about stages of addiction. S. Moner in 1996 (Journal of Addictive Diseases, 15,(3), 79-100) divides drug treatment into three stages: detoxification, rehabilitation, and relapse prevention.

Cordelia Rocco
June 29, 2020

Is there any research on stages of addiction? If so, is treatment more successful at certain stages? I am also interested to know if the concept of a malignant addiction has been considered? Anecdotally I believe I have observed these phenomena. Thank you.

Maria Mavrikaki
June 29, 2020

Based on the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the earlier in the disease the treatment starts the higher the chances to have positive outcomes. NIDA offers the following “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide”:

https://d14rmgtrwzf5a.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/675-principles-of-drug-addiction-treatment-a-research-based-guide-third-edition.pdf

How do you define “malignant addiction”?
NIDA defines addiction as the most severe, chronic stage of substance use disorder which is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and taking despite the adverse consequences. Thus, by definition, it is a non-advantageous condition.

Laurel Myers Hurst
June 27, 2020

As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, I lead drumming together in the Ohio State University Addiction Medicine Center. I see, from this article, how drumming together serves as a form of learning-based therapy as described by Ascenso, Perkins, Atkins, Fancourt & Williamon, 2018.

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