And while most of the neuroscience centers on drug and alcohol addiction, the society notes that it’s possible to become addicted to gambling, sex or food although there’s no good data on how often that happens. It’s time for better study to find out, Miller says.
Meanwhile, Volkow says intriguing research is under way to use those brain findings to develop better treatments _ not just to temporarily block an addict’s high but to strengthen the underlying brain circuitry to fend off relapse.
Topping Miller’s wish list: Learning why some people find recovery easier and faster than others, and “what does brain healing look like.”
EDITOR’S NOTE _ Lauran Neergaard covers health and medical issues for The Associated Press.
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