Drugs. Problem gambling. Excessive eating. Addictive and compulsive behaviours like these have high costs to the individual and to society. Many people with addictive or compulsive disorders don't get good treatment. The majority don't even seek help due to the stigma surrounding disorders, and perceived and real problems with how well the treatments work.
To help address each one of those issues, the Addiction Program is working to understand fundamental brain processes that underpin addiction. We then rapidly translate those findings into interventions and treatments that work and are cost-effective and accessible.
At the same time, we are investigating society's attitude to addiction, as well as ethical treatment and research. This will help us minimise unintentional harms of addiction neuroscience research, and maximise positive outcomes.