Intervention and prevention
Two decades of neuroscientific research show that addictive and compulsive disorders involve impairments in decision-making caused by changes in the brain circuits that support learning and memory, decision-making, emotion and motivation.
The planned addiction and compulsive behaviours neuroscience clinic will be dedicated to developing exciting new approaches to the assessment and treatment of addictive and compulsive disorders (focusing less on the drug or problem behaviour and more on a tailored lifestyle or psychological interventions designed to address the core cognitive-affective processes).
The clinic hosts studies and research trials investigating the utility of physical exercise and mindfulness as a prevention and intervention for those affected by addictive and compulsive disorders.
Through the addiction and compulsive behaviours neuroscience clinic, our research and clinical interventions will work to close the gap between knowledge and current treatment practice by shifting the treatment focus from the problem behaviour to the underlying causes.
An understanding of the biological causes of addictive and compulsive behaviours also provides leads on how to detect these disorders at an earlier stage. We are developing a range of neuropsychological tools for early detection and intervention, with the aim of developing innovative treatment programs that stop or reverse progression of these conditions.