Drug and alcohol abuse elicits significant biological changes in the brain that drive compulsive behavior and lead to addiction. A new book from CSHL Press, Addiction, reviews the cell and molecular biology of drug addiction. It was edited by R. Christopher Pierce and Paul J. Kenny.

“Our goal was to highlight a cross-section of innovative contemporary addiction research,” write Pierce and Kenny. Contributors explore the biological basis of addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and other psychoactive drugs. They describe the molecular targets of these drugs, the resulting changes to neural networks, and the various genetic, developmental, and behavioral factors that influence the progression from abuse to addiction.

Addiction will be a useful resource for neuroscientists and all who are interested in reducing the public health burden of substance abuse.  For more details on the book, click here.