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CiteWeb id: 19930000070

CiteWeb score: 5518

DOI: 10.1016/0165-0173(93)90013-P

This paper presents a biopsychological theory of drug addiction, the ‘Incentive-Sensitization Theory’. The theory addresses three fundamental questions. The first is: why do addicts crave drugs? That is, what is the psychological and neurobiological basis of drug craving? The second is: why does drug craving persist even after long periods of abstinence? The third is whether ‘wanting’ drugs (drug craving) is attributable to ‘liking’ drugs (to the subjective pleasurable effects of drugs)? The theory posits the following. 1. (1) Addictive drugs share the ability to enhance mesotelencephalic dopamine neurotransmission.

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