Brain and Addiction

Addiction (substance dependence) is a complex physical, emotional, and spiritual phenomenon. The brain is the primary target for substances of abuse and dependence. Understanding the structure and function of the brain is key to developing new therapies and medication.

For our latest On-demand Video series, Katie McQueen, MD, a nationally recognized expert in the field of addiction medicine, discusses the following:

  • Brain receptors and neurotransmitters
  • Learning, memory and addiction
  • Cross addiction
  • Reactivation of cravings and addiction
  • FDA-approved medications

This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on May 14, 2010.

*Note: You must be able to access YouTube to view these videos. Some organizations limit access to this video-sharing website.

  • Clarity Child Guidance Center is the only nonprofit mental health treatment center for kids ages 3 to 17 in South Texas. Our staff of children’s mental health professionals is the largest in the region. When a child is in crisis, we work with families to get much needed treatment regardless of their ability to pay.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of One in Five Minds or Clarity Child Guidance Center. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. One in Five Minds and Clarity Child Guidance Center accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

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