Molecular Pathways of Addiction Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Molecular Pathways of Addiction
A look at treatment for addictions and abusive behaviors.
# 141414 | 750 words | 1 source | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Biology (Molecular and Cell) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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This paper examines common behaviors associated across many different drugs of abuse. In particular, the paper discusses how dopamine transmission in the limbic pathway seems to be a "happy zone" target for the high associated with drugs (and sex and other addicting behaviors). The paper analyzes whether a "generic" treatment could suppress addiction across all abusive behavior or whether there would be unforeseen circumstances.

From the Paper:

"Is there a common molecular pathway for addiction? All drugs despite targeting distinctly different areas of the brain and peripheries, nevertheless predictably result in shared symptomatic effects after acute or chronic use, and subsequent withdrawal. On the habit-forming side, pharmacologically rewarding response mechanisms encourage repeat use which inexorably leads vulnerable individuals to addiction. On the flip side, withdrawal awakens similarly negative behavioral and associative learning cues that contribute to the intense cravings that begin the cycle anew. The author proposes that these universal neural and molecular pathways be identified as a kind of generic..."

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