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Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Aspects of Drug Addiction - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128169797, 9780128169803

Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Aspects of Drug Addiction

1st Edition

Author: Ahmed Moustafa
Paperback ISBN: 9780128169797
eBook ISBN: 9780128169803
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th January 2020
Page Count: 340
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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.

Key Features

  • 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

Table of Contents

  1. 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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About the Author

Ahmed Moustafa

Dr. Ahmed A. Moustafa is an associate professor of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at the 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 cited nearly 9000 times. He has published four books and more than 200 papers in high-ranking journals including Science, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Nature (Parkinson’s disease), and Neuron.

Affiliations and Expertise

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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