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Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction Recovery

The 12 Steps Program and Fellowship

  • Kenneth Blum
  • John Femino
  • Scott Teitelbaum
  • John Giordano
  • Marlene Oscar-Berman
  • Mark Gold

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Neuroscience book series (BRIEFSNEUROSCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kenneth Blum, John Femino, Scott Teitelbaum, John Giordano, Marlene Oscar-Berman, Mark Gold
    Pages 1-10
  3. Kenneth Blum, John Femino, Scott Teitelbaum, John Giordano, Marlene Oscar-Berman, Mark Gold
    Pages 11-82
  4. Kenneth Blum, John Femino, Scott Teitelbaum, John Giordano, Marlene Oscar-Berman, Mark Gold
    Pages 83-85
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 87-89

About this book

Introduction

Humans are biologically programmed to seek out pleasurable experiences.  These experiences are processed in the mesolimbic system, also referred to as the "reward center" of the brain, where a number of chemical messengers work in concert to provide a net release of dopamine in the Nucleus Accumbens.  In some genetically predisposed individuals, addiction occurs when the mechanisms of the mesolimbic system are disrupted by the use of various drugs of abuse. Since Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935, it's 12 step program of spiritual and character development has helped countless alcoholics and drug addicts curb their self-destructive behaviors.  However, the program was developed at a time when comparatively little was known about the function of the brain and it has never been studied scientifically. This is the first book to take a systematic look at the molecular neurobiology associated with each of the 12 steps and to review the significant body of addiction research literature that is pertinent to the program.​

Keywords

12 steps program Reward Deficiency Syndrome addiction dopamine molecular neurobiology

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Blum
    • 1
  • John Femino
    • 2
  • Scott Teitelbaum
    • 3
  • John Giordano
    • 4
  • Marlene Oscar-Berman
    • 5
  • Mark Gold
    • 6
  1. 1.McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of Florida School of MedicineGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Meadows Edge Recovery CenterNorth KingstownUSA
  3. 3.McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of Florida School of MedicineGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Holistic MedicineG&G Holistic Health Care Services, LLC.North Miami BeachUSA
  5. 5.Neurology, Anatomy & NeurobiologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  6. 6.McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of Florida School of MedicineGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7230-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7229-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7230-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-558X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5598
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