12 doctors weighed in:
Is addiction a disease of the brain?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Addiction is complicated, and is related to behavior, social factors, heredity, and physiology-->the brain and body.
It is unlike a brain tumor, however, in that it does not attack an unsuspecting person behaving in healthful ways. But, after one's behavior has led to addiction, the brain is certainly involved and adversely affected, which decreases one's will power to break the addiction.

In brief: Yes
Addiction is complicated, and is related to behavior, social factors, heredity, and physiology-->the brain and body.
It is unlike a brain tumor, however, in that it does not attack an unsuspecting person behaving in healthful ways. But, after one's behavior has led to addiction, the brain is certainly involved and adversely affected, which decreases one's will power to break the addiction.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Horacio Capote
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: YES
The addictive process involves changes in brain structures such as the nucleus accumbens (the reward center) & the locus ceruleus (the fight or flight center that causes some forms of withdrawal).
There are other areas involved as well. We can see these changes on functional brain scans & when things improve, we can see those changes too.

In brief: YES
The addictive process involves changes in brain structures such as the nucleus accumbens (the reward center) & the locus ceruleus (the fight or flight center that causes some forms of withdrawal).
There are other areas involved as well. We can see these changes on functional brain scans & when things improve, we can see those changes too.
Dr. Horacio Capote
Dr. Horacio Capote
Thank
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