Neurobiology of Substance Use Disorders: The Brain Changes Behind the Behaviors

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM ET / 8:00 - 10:00 AM CT | Virtual - Zoom


The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.”  In this presentation we will focus on the brain circuitry part of this definition.  We will explore brain development, the neural changes that occur in response to drug and alcohol use, and how those changes impact a person’s behavior.  As we understand more about the behavioral changes seen in people with substance use disorders we will also discuss ways to use this knowledge to approach engaging people in recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List 3 things that can put a person at risk for developing a substance use disorder.
  2. Explain how dopamine release in response to drug use can lead to more drug use.
  3. Describe 1 behavioral approach and 1 medication approach to treating SUDs based in neuroscience.

Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 2 credit hours.