Addiction is the regular use of a substance due to physical or psychological need. It is also known as a substance use disorder. There are many forms of addiction, and some substances are more addictive and harmful than others. The likelihood of a person becoming addicted to a substance depends on a number of biological, social and psychological factors.
How the Florey is making a difference
Florey researchers investigate how drugs, including alcohol, change the brain’s structure, chemistry and function. Genetic and pharmacological approaches combined with models of drug-seeking and relapse can help uncover neural pathways implicated in drug seeking behaviour, which is a critical requirement in developing future treatments.
- A novel treatment for alcohol and nicotine addiction
- Drug discovery: investigation of signalling by GPCRS using novel cellular biosensors
- Hallucinogens to treat co-morbid stress and alcohol use disorders
- Muscarinic receptors and alcohol seeking
- Sex differences modulating anxiety and binge-drinking behaviours
For more information about addiction contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation on 1300 85 85 84 or Turning Point on 8413 8413. While The Florey researches addiction, we do not offer medical advice or crisis support. If you require immediate support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. If your life is in immediate danger call 000.
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