The case for teaching patients about the neurobiological basis of addictions

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Abstract

This article discusses the importance of providing education regarding the neurobiological basis of addictions. The aim of education about the neurobiological underpinnings of addiction is to empower patients, ease their defenses, and reduce the stigma they experience. This article presents a framework for teaching patients about the brain's functions. An outline of educational sessions is provided. Education regarding neurochemicals and their relationship to addictions should be part of the neurobiological education to help patients understand the rationale for pharmacological and nutritional interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-158
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Addictions Nursing
Volume12
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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