Alcohol and drugs are psychoactive substances.   Psychoactive substances act IN the brain as opposed to influencing the brain.  This means alcohol and drugs have the potential to change the neuropathways of the brain or change the neurochemical behavior of the brain.  Prolonged use of a drug can change the brain's homeostasis and cause the user to become dependent on the substance just to feel normal.  Changes at the neurochemical level can alter behavior, affect the way you feel, cause cravings and cognitive challenges.

The National Institute of Health issued a bulletin saying non-invasive brain stimulation and “neurofeedback” may prove to be useful therapeutic tools in this context. Researchers are exploring the use of technologies such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and feedback training using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to non-invasively influence brain activity in specific regions.  Though not yet demonstrated for addiction, these techniques show promising results in managing depression and in influencing pain perception.  Additional validating research could render these technologies powerful psychotherapeutic interventions for rescuing the brain circuits and behaviors impaired by addiction.

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