Biological Research on Addiction

Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 2


  • Peter Miller, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA

Biological Research on Addiction examines the neurobiological mechanisms of drug use and drug addiction, describing how the brain responds to addictive substances as well as how it is affected by drugs of abuse. The book's four main sections examine behavioral and molecular biology; neuroscience; genetics; and neuroimaging and neuropharmacology as they relate to the addictive process.

This volume is especially effective in presenting current knowledge on the key neurobiological and genetic elements in an individual’s susceptibility to drug dependence, as well as the processes by which some individuals proceed from casual drug use to drug dependence.

Biological Research on Addiction is one of three volumes comprising the 2,500-page series, Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders. This series provides the most complete collection of current knowledge on addictive behaviors and disorders to date. In short, it is the definitive reference work on addictions.

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Researchers and students in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and neurology


Book information

  • Published: February 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-398335-0


"Miller aims to improve the lives of addicts and their families through a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the addictive process, while providing a science-based approach to the study, prevention and treatment of addictions… It targets advanced undergraduates, graduates, and postdoc students, professors, researchers, clinicians, and policymakers."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents

Behavioral biology, preclinical animal studies of addiction