Welcome to NCeNTA!
NCeNTA has been founded by a dedicated team of specialists, with the mission to improve the quality of life for patients and families affected by various types of addiction, using current and emerging knowledge in the neurosciences to develop and provide new, state-of-the-art medical treatment programs.
Alcohol, drug and behavioural dependencies such as gambling place enormous health, social and economic burdens on individuals, families and our community.
Unfortunately, many people still believe that addiction is just a weakness or lack of willpower that is probably caused by moral or character problems.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
Over the past 10 – 15 years, major neuroscience discoveries have given us enormous new knowledge aboutthe central role that the brain plays in causing and maintaining addiction.
We now understand that addiction is fundamentally a brain disease, with brain mechanisms, genetic make up, and social and environmental factors all interacting to produce the clinical manifestations of addiction.
We now also recognise that ADDICTION is a CHRONIC, RELAPSING DISORDER that requires treatment to be ongoing and long term for successful outcomes – THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES!
While conventional treatment includingpsychologically-based counselling, psychotherapy and behavioural and cognitive therapies may be effective for some people, it is a reality that for many individuals with severe addiction, existing treatments are simply not adequate or successful.
At least 10% of the population is genetically predisposed to have a greatly increased risk for developing addiction, and many people with this increased risk may respond less successfully to conventional treatment.
Unfortunately, despite our rapidly expanding scientific knowledge about the neurobiology of addiction and the brain, until now in Australia and around the world the translation of this basic neuroscience into effective practical treatment for addiction has been slow.
A critical first step is to recognise that if the brain is a core part of the problem in addiction, then treating the brain needs to be a core part of the solution, and treating the brain requires the development and use of sophisticated medical addiction treatment programs in addition to conventional counselling or psychological programs. Few clinicians have been suitably placed to do this until now.
The National Center for the Neurobiological Treatment of Addiction (NCeNTA) is a unique new concept in the treatment of addiction in Australia. For the first time it brings together senior addiction medicine specialists and other neuroscience-based health clinicians to use state-of-the-art knowledge of brain science to create and provide highly sophisticated and cutting edge medical and neurological treatment programs for addiction.