Addictive disorders affect a very large segment of society and as such, represent the major challenge to human fulfillment, productivity, and health in the 21st century. Addiction includes a broad range of disturbances of drive or motivation mediated by brain reward circuits that govern why a human being does what s/he does, including drug abuse and dependence, pathological gambling, internet addiction, sex addiction, and over-eating and resulting obesity. The mission of the Vanderbilt Addiction Center comprises addiction Research, Clinical Services, and Education and Training. Our goal is to improve understanding through translational research, provide evidence-based treatment, and educate researchers, clinicians, and the community with the goal of reducing human suffering and the societal burden of addictive disorders and their complications.
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