The Addicted Brain: No Hope for Recovery?

Certain kinds of experiences, such as those involved in learning, can physically change brain structure and affect behavior.

New research conducted at the University of Lethbridge’s Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience shows that exposure to stimulant drugs such as amphetamine or cocaine can impair the ability of specific brain cells to change as a consequence of experience.

What are the long-term problems of drug use on the brain?


Dr. Bryan Kolb, Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Bryan Kolb has spent his career as a neuroscience researcher working to unlock the secrets of the damaged brain.

He has passed his gift of knowledge on to a world-wide audience through numerous books, documented research and professional contributions which put him at the forefront of his discipline.

Bryan has been with the University of Lethbridge since 1976. His scholarly leadership has led to the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, a unique state-of-the-art laboratory facility that is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the world for the performance of neuroscientific research.

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