The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding about addiction (substance use disorders) and how our brains enable our most human capacities such as assigning value to pleasure and making decisions based upon that value. This lecture summarizes the most current neuroscientific research about addiction — research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong and why this can have a dramatic impact on our ability to make proper choices.
By Dr. Kevin McCauley
Support provided by:
Juneau Community Foundation
Alaska Department of Behavioral Health
Juneau Reentry Coalition