11 Sep 2011
Previous research has shown that many of the same brain functions activated in those with drug addictions are similar to those who struggle with disordered eating behaviors. Reward receptors seem to be malfunctioning when people are addicted to substances that are associated with the release of dopamine in the brain.
04 Aug 2011
Given the option to receive one dollar today or 10 dollars next week, most of us would choose to wait for the larger sum. People addicted to stimulants, however, tend toward instant gratification and would likely take the dollar today rather than wait for 10. This inability to appreciate value in the future is called delay discounting, and it presents challenges to those treating addicts.