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Drug addictions are often difficult to treat. The most successful treatments begin with studying why individuals become addicted to drugs and how to change their thinking and behaviour. Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Aspects of Drug Addiction focuses on the theories that cause drug addiction, including avoidance behavior, self-medication, reward sensitization, behavioral inhibition and impulsivity. Dr. Moustafa takes this book one step further by reviewing the psychological and neural causes of relapse including the role of stress, anxiety and depression. By examining both the causes of drug addiction and relapse, this book will help clinicians create individualized treatment options for patients suffering from drug addiction.
- Identifies key factors contributing to addiction, including stress, anxiety and depression
- Reviews inhibition and impulsivity in drug use
- Assesses the cognitive underpinnings of behavioral choices in addiction
- Discusses the argument of self-medication vs. reward sensitization
- Examines the psychological causes of why patients relapse
Researchers and clinicians in psychiatry and psychology treating patients with addiction disorder
- Learning from aversive vs. appetitive outcome in drug addiction
2. The role of contextual processes in drug use and relapse
3. Avoidance behavior in addiction
4. Behavioral inhibition and impulsivity as factors underlying drug use
5. Delay, probability and effort discounting underlying addictive behaviors
6. The varieties of risk taking behaviors in drug abuse
7. Extinction learning in addiction: relevance to cue exposure therapy
8. The psychological causes of relapse
9. Future thinking and intolerance of uncertainty in addiction
10. The bidirectional relationship between depression and addiction
11. The role of stress and anxiety in drug use and relapse
12. The effect of trauma on drug use
13. Theories of Addiction: self-medication vs. reward sensitization
14. Summary and future directions in addiction research
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- © Academic Press 2020
- 16th January 2020
- Academic Press
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Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is an associate professor of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience at Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour, Development and School of Psychology, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. Before joining Western Sydney University as a lab director, Dr. Moustafa spent 11 years in the United States studying psychology and neuroscience. His research focuses on computational and neuropsychological studies of addiction, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, and depression. Dr. Moustafa’s works have been sited nearly 9000 times. He has published four books and over 200 papers in high-ranking journals including Science, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Nature (Parkinson’s disease), and Neuron.
Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour, Development and School of Psychology, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
"This is a fairly technical book requiring that readers have some understanding of theories of neurocognition and cognitive thinking to fully appreciate the content. The main focus of this book is that these neurocognitive processes are the cause of addictions. The question that remains is: are these issues the cause of addiction or merely the result of the underlying neurobiological underpinnings of these disorders? Nonetheless, understanding these cognitive processes will help one better understand and treat those with addictions." --Doody
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