Posts which represent support for the BDMA.
Chapter 07 Addiction is a brain disease (but does it matter?)
Abstract This chapter offers a perspective on the significance and the truth of the proposition that substance addiction is a brain disease, based on the conception of substance addiction offered in the foundational text of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is proposed that substance addiction is primarily characterized by a sensitization to drugs whereby their ingestion causes […]
Chapter 06 Is addiction a brain disease? The incentive-sensitization view
Abstract Where does normal brain function end and pathology begin? The line can be hard to discern. That difficulty makes disease a tricky word for talking about any psychological condition. Yet disease still may be an appropriate label for psychological conditions that have extreme features with deleterious consequences. A number of voices have recently argued […]
Chapter 01 Introduction to Section 1
Abstract Section I of the book comprises six chapters, four of which are reprinted from peer-reviewed journals because these are important works that characterize the BDMA and the neuroscientific basis of addiction. Chapters 2 and 3 are written by, respectively, the former and current directors of NIDA and each outlines a clear articulation of the […]