Addiction is one of the most frustrating conditions facing our society. A new therapy may be able to cure it according to an article on Sign on SanDiego.com . This is the next frontier in substance abuse: Better understanding of how addiction overlaps with other brain diseases is sparking a hunt to see if a treatment for one might also help another.We’re not talking about attempts just to temporarily block an addict’s high. Today’s goal is to change the underlying brain circuitry that leaves substance abusers prone to relapse.It’s “a different way of looking at mental illnesses, including substance abuse disorders,” says National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow, who on Monday urged researchers at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting to get more creative in the quest for brain-changing therapies for addiction. Rather than a problem in a single brain region, scientists increasingly believe that psychiatric diseases are a result of dysfunctioning circuits spread over multiple regions, leaving them unable to properly communicate and work together. That disrupts, for example, the balance between impulsivity and self-control that plays a crucial role in addiction.
Dr Stuart Kincaid and other board certified plastic surgeons look to these brain circuit treatments as a future option for treating pain, thus accelerating the healing time for plastic surgeries. One of the main deterrents to scheduling surgery is the ability to get back to work quickly. Surgeries like abdominoplasty orthighplasty have longer recoveries mostly due to the pain involved. Dr Stuart Kincaid helps his patients to manage the pain effectively but is encouraged about new therapies that may be more effective.
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