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Related News: SfN 2005: Nature or Nurture—Epigenetics in Neuronal ResponsesComment by: Robert Fisher
Submitted 24 December 2005
Posted 3 January 2006
Dr. Eric Nestler at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, has long postulated addiction as a 50/50 percent split between genetic predisposition and biological changes as a result of substance abuse and the brain's accommodation to the same. I have found this particular hypothesis to be quite useful in treating addicts and alcoholics in inpatient and outpatient settings. They usually are able to easily grasp the concepts on a reasonably scientific level. This approach allows them to avoid guilt, shame, ect., that are typically strong predictors of success or failure in treatment. It is an even more successful tool in working with co-occurring Axis I disorders.
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