Featured Resource: The Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction

Matt TierneyChair of the APNA Addictions Council Matt Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC spoke with us to highlight "The Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction", Chapter 2 of the recent Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. "[It] is essential reading for all nurses at all levels," he says. In order to encourage other nurses to read this chapter of the report, Matt gave us a quick summary.

Here's what Matt thinks you should know before you check out the chapter:

  • The chapter features a section called "A Basic Primer on the Human Brain", a section Tierney highlights for its helpful information on the basics of healthy brain function.
  • This chapter gives a synopsis of the addiction cycle, including an explanation of factors that increase the risk for substance use, misuse, and addiction. "The chapter is clearly and understandably written even as it introduces complex topics," says Tierney of the information presented.
  • A broad overview of neurobiological changes that occur with long-term exposure to drugs of abuse is presented alongside how these changes drive compulsive drug use.

Don't just take Matt's word for it: read the entire chapter here and expand your understanding of substance use disorders. Then, get updates on clinical treatment targets in addictions from Lorenzo Leggio, MD, PhD, MSc on Friday June 9th at the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute.

 You can also access substance use resources in our Resource Center and continuing education on the topic in the APNA eLearning Center.

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