Immunomodulation of Brain Processes Underlying Pain and Addiction

 

Recently emerging evidence suggests that inflammatory processes involving supporting brain cells such as glia and specific receptors on them may play an important role in developing and maintaining chronic pain syndromes and states of addiction. This provides an exciting opportunity for new treatment programs that target these inflammatory processes to reduce the symptoms arising from chronic pain and the continued need for high dose opiate medication, and to improve well-being and reduce relapse after withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs.