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(p. 3) The neurobiology of addiction and attachment 

(p. 3) The neurobiology of addiction and attachment
(p. 3) The neurobiology of addiction and attachment

Helena J. V. Rutherford

, Marc N. Potenza

, and Linda C. Mayes

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date: 22 January 2019

This chapter examines the neurobiology of addiction and attachment in order to elucidate the mechanisms that may underscore the impact of addiction on parenting. It reviews evidence that suggests how addiction compromises the neural systems recruited in parenting and considers the neurobiological pathway through which substance use may impact parenting capacity. It also looks at the key neural regions that underscore response to reward, along with the increased levels of stress experienced by parents. Finally, the chapter describes the implications of the apparent relationship between reward, stress, and craving in addiction for addicted parents.

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