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The Future of Addiction and Recovery Healing Arts 

The Future of Addiction and Recovery Healing Arts
The Future of Addiction and Recovery Healing Arts

Shahla J. Modir

, and George E. Muñoz

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date: 02 August 2021

This chapter peers into the future of addiction treatment. It begins with an exploration of repetitive transcranial magnetic brain stimulation or rTMS as a treatment for SUD. The evidence and clinical data is reviewed. Findings include outcome data on the use of rTMS. Furthermore, important brain regions central to the development of SUD are examined: the ventral tegmental area and ventral striatum appear to play a central role in the binge/intoxication stage, the extended amygdala in the withdrawal/negative affect stage, and the orbitofrontal cortex-dorsal striatum, prefrontal cortex, basolateral amygdala, hippocampus, and insula in craving. The role of genomics and gene-wide associations to deliver future personalized addiction treatments is discussed as is advanced functional neural imaging. Technology for patients and consumers, including relapse prevention apps and bidirectional biometric reading is mentioned. Breakthroughs in addiction immunology, both generalized and substance specific, are discussed as potential points of future study and interventions.

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