Resting-State Synchrony in Short-Term Versus Long-Term Abstinent Alcoholics

Jazmin Camchong, Victor Andrew Stenger, George Fein

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Abstract

Background: We previously reported that when compared with controls, long-term abstinent alcoholics (LTAA) have increased resting-state synchrony (RSS) of the inhibitory control network and reduced synchrony of the appetitive drive network, and hypothesized that these levels of synchrony are adaptive and support the behavioral changes required to maintain abstinence. In this study, we investigate whether these RSS patterns can be identified in short-term abstinent alcoholics (STAA). Methods: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging data were collected from 27 STAA, 23 LTAA, and 23 nonsubstance abusing controls (NSAC). We examined baseline RSS using seed-based measures. Results: We found ordered RSS effects from NSAC to STAA and then to LTAA within both the appetitive drive and executive control networks: increasing RSS of the executive control network and decreasing RSS of the reward processing network. Finally, we found significant correlations between strength of RSS in these networks and (i) cognitive flexibility, and (ii) current antisocial behavior. Conclusions: Findings are consistent with an adaptive progression of RSS from short- to long-term abstinence, so that, compared with normal controls, the synchrony (i) within the reward network progressively decreases, and (ii) within the executive control network progressively increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)794-803
Number of pages10
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Abstinence
  • Alcohol
  • Functional Connectivity
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance
  • Resting-State Networks

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