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Exploring the Science of Addiction

Dr. Amy Lasek on Chicago Tonight
Dr. Amy Lasek on Chicago Tonight

Rising rates of addiction to heroin and prescription drugs have been making headlines across the country. People suffering with addiction have often been stigmatized and viewed as being too weak to address either moral or personal failings. But the reality is that addiction is one of the most common forms of mental illness that impacts tens of millions of Americans every year.

Recent advances in neuroscience have transformed our understanding of addiction and paved the way for new treatments.

Amy Lasek, an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry, anatomy and cell biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says that scientists and treatment specialists now understand addiction as a biological phenomenon. Genetics, environmental influences and early trauma or stress can alter the brain’s chemistry and give certain people predispositions to addiction.

Read more at: Chicago Tonight

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Amy W. Lasek PhD

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