Welcome Note


Kenneth Blum
Ph.D., MSc,
BA (Pharmacy), DHL

It is a great pleasure to announce the inauguration of the first journal dedicated to the concept of Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) coined in 1996 by one of us (KB) as a new way to look at all addictive, obsessive and compulsive behaviors including substance and process addictions, personality and spectrum disorders. The RDS concept embraced by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in the new definition of addiction has appeared in encyclopedias and has been used globally in hundreds of peer-reviewed articles.


Rajendra D. Badgaiyan
MD, MA (Psychology)


The Journal of Addiction Science will provide a platform for understanding of the commonality of brain function in substance and non-substance addictive behaviors. Exploration of the resting state functionality of the entire brain reward circuitry and associated extended networks provides the basis for a remarkable list of addictive behaviors that share common brain mechanisms. Those mechanisms that include Prefrontal Cortices and memory, etc. are being elucidated in thousands of neuroimaging reports worldwide.

This seemingly diverse group of substances and non-substance behaviors, such as pathological gaming, overeating, dysfunctional sexual activity amongst others, fetter billions of people. We the editors of the journal recognize the interchangeable interaction amongst all of these repetitive behaviors that result in an array of unwanted and devastating outcomes including fatality.

We welcome articles from both bench and bedside that promise to deliver well researched and sound minded work from a multidisciplinary community of academicians (basic science) and professionals (clinical science) alike. The members of the editorial board of the Addiction Science journal are well versed in the science of brain reward circuitry and clinical outcomes of victims of RDS. Each submitted paper will be given appropriate attention and accepted only after rigorous peer review. As an open-access journal, we are dedicated to a rapid review process and a fair-minded approach without bias.

As editors-in-chief, we embrace not only biologically based science but the holistic, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of the recovery process. So join us and become part of an effort to explore the common mechanisms for all addictions and through our continued understanding of psychiatric genetics, epigenetics, neuroimaging, and neuroscience, work towards a world-class “blueprint” for redeeming joy by making life free from the pain of addiction possible!

Warm regards,

Ken & Raj

Aims and Scope

Journal of Addiction Science (JAS) (Formerly Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome and Addiction Science ) is a peer-reviewed quarterly published journal that covers the experimental, clinical and epidemiological areas of research which involves the gene associations (including environmental epigenetics) especially the genes involved in brain reward circuitry.

The expert editorial board is headed by the most honored scientist Dr. Kenneth Blum. It was he who coined the term “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” to explain the breakdown of the reward cascade due to both multiple genes and environmental stimuli (pleiotropism) and resultant aberrant behaviors.

Defects in various combinations of the genes for the neurotransmitters result in polygenic disorders like Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) and that such individuals are at risk for abuse of the unnatural rewards with various high risk for multiple addictive, impulsive and compulsive behavioral propensities, such as severe alcoholism, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and nicotine use, glucose bingeing, pathological gambling, sex addiction, ADHD, Tourette's Syndrome, autism, chronic violence, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizoid/avoidant cluster, conduct disorder and antisocial behavior.

JAS is designed for researchers, physicians, psychoanalysts, technologists, academicians, mental health care professionals, drug-experts, policymakers, etc and welcomes submissions related to and from all areas, but not limited to clinical aspects like neurobiology, screening steps with standardized tools, prevention strategies, development of innovative treatment methods, pharmaco-therapies and other management options like nutrigenomics, epigenetics, ethical policies and social issues related to all areas of addictive behaviors aspects,  twelve-step fellowships, etc.

In addition to original research, the journal features review articles, clinical studies reports, case reports, hypotheses, letters to editors, articles with novel techniques, book reviews and other article types.

For more information, please contact: editor(at)blumsrewarddeficiencysyndrome.com

Editorial Board

Kenneth Blum, PhD, MSc, BA (Pharmacy), DHL
Department of Psychiatry, Western University College of Medicine, Pomona, CA, USA

Rajendra Badgaiyan, MD
Chief of Psychiatry,
South Texas Veteran Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, San Antonio, TX, USA