Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy as a Potential Biological Assessment of Addiction Recovery: Preliminary Findings.

Jared P Dempsey, Kitty Harris, Sterling Shumway, Thomas Kimball, Jarod C. Herrera, Cynthia D'Sauza, Spencer Bradshaw

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Abstract

Background: Addiction science has primarily utilized self-report, continued substance use, and relapse factors to explore the process of recovery. However, the entry into successful abstinence substantially reduces our assessment abilities. Advances in neuroscience may be the key to objective understanding, treating, and monitoring long-term success in addiction recovery. Objectives: To explore functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIR) as a viable technique in the assessment of addiction-cue reactivity. Specifically, prefrontal cortex (PFC) activation to alcohol cues was explored among formally alcohol-dependent individuals, across varying levels of successful abstinence. The aim of the investigation was to identify patterns of PFC activation change consistent with duration of abstinence. Methods: A total of 15 formally alcohol-dependent individuals, with abstinence durations ranging from 1 month to 10 years, viewed alcohol images during fNIR PFC assessment. Participants also subje
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8
JournalThe American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
StatePublished - Jan 12 2015

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