Scientists propose neuroscience framework for diagnosing addictions

News ReleaseThursday, October 27, 2016 “The assessment framework that we describe recognizes the great advances that continue to be made in our understanding of the neuroscience of addiction.” —George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA Scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, propose using an assessment tool to diagnose addictive disorders that considers addiction-related behaviors, brain imaging, and genetic data. According to a new review article, the Addictions Neuroclinical Assessment (ANA) would facilitate future understanding of the origin of addiction at a biological level, and could ultimately lead to more effective individualized treatments for addictions.  The review appears online in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The ANA would include behavioral assessment of three functional processes considered most relevant to addiction: altered…


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