One of the most common misconceptions about addiction is that it’s caused by a lack of self-control, but this difficulty with self-control stems from physical differences in the brain that are caused by prolonged drug or alcohol use. The brain’s reward systems are essentially rewired by addiction and changing things back to normal can be exceptionally difficult for people who are struggling with addiction.
A new study is underway in the US in which a brain implant for addiction treatment is being tested. Scientists are looking into fighting addiction with science by using deep brain stimulation to treat addiction. The belief is that by inserting a brain implant for addiction into the brain of individuals who are struggling with addiction, they will be able to help the patients rewire their brain’s reward systems to get and stay sober.