Childhood Maltreatment, Altered Limbic Neurobiology, and Substance Use Relapse Severity via Trauma-Specific Reductions in Limbic Gray Matter Volume

The result of a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that childhood maltreatment may predict an increased tendency to relapse among patients dealing with substance-abuse disorders.

In the “Childhood Maltreatment, Altered Limbic Neurobiology, and Substance Use Relapse Severity via Trauma-Specific Reductions in Limbic Gray Matter Volume,” researchers used structural magnetic resonance imaging to assess the gray matter volume, subsequent substance use relapse, length of time until relapse, and acuteness of relapse among 79 participants engaged in treatment as well as a control group of healthy participants.

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