Meth Inside Out: Human Impact

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Episode 2 of Meth Inside Out Series
Meth: Brain & Behavior equips viewers with an understanding of how meth changes the brain and, consequently, behavior. 3D animations of changes in the brain, accessible explanations, and personal accounts of use and recovery help viewers understand the complex effects of meth use on the brain. Meth users often come…
Meth Inside Out: Windows to Recovery
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Meth: Windows to Recovery explores effective treatment practices across program types and settings. For users, learning about the process of recovery often increases commitment to change. This episode empowers the viewer by providing information and concrete tools to support the recovery process, including creating structure, participating in sober activities, avoiding…
Alternatives to Substance Abuse - With Robert Meyers and Jane Ellen Smith
For many people in recovery from substance abuse, one of the most challenging aspects of living a sober life is learning how to "fill the void" previously occupied by drugs and alcohol with activities that are pleasurable, healthy and meaningful. In this supportive video, Robert Meyers and Jane Ellen Smith…
Addiction 101
Part of the Series: The Addictive Brain
Begin your course by defining "addiction," which is diagnosed based on characteristics such as abuse, dependence, and craving. Professor Polk then surveys the history of drug use, from ancient history through the development of synthetics in the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, he reviews government regulation and the substantial costs…
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Explore the brain's mechanisms for learning from reinforcement. You'll start with the psychological aspects, discovering the way humans learn by a series of trials and rewards. Then you'll find out what parts of the brain process pleasure, self-control, and craving, and see how the psychology and neuroscience of reward processing…
How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
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Here you'll examine the ways addiction alters the brain by numbing the pleasure center, sensitizing the dopamine system, and inhibiting the prefrontal cortex. Combined, these altered brain functions lead to strong cravings and a reduced ability to control one's actions. This foray into neuroscience will forever change the way you…
Genetics - Born to Be an Addict?
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Investigate how people may be susceptible to addiction on a genetic level. Thanks to studies of twins and DNA analysis, scientists are homing in on the genes that predispose us toward addiction. While there is no single "addiction gene," our DNA can significantly influence whether we become addicts.
Your Brain on Drugs
Part of the Series: The Addictive Brain
Shift your attention from the nature of addiction to the nature of drugs. Here you'll delve into the process of neurochemical transmission and see how drugs mimic this activity by binding to neural receptors. This process is responsible for everything from a drug's physical and psychological effects to its potency.
Why We Crave Coffee and Cigarettes
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Caffeine and nicotine are two of the most common psychoactive drugs in our society. How do they work? How dangerous are they? After reviewing how each of these drugs affects the brain - and why nicotine in particular is so addictive - Professor Polk offers several strategies to quit tobacco…
Stimulants - From Cocaine to Ritalin
Part of the Series: The Addictive Brain
From the original recipe for Coca-Cola to treatments for attention deficit disorder, psychostimulant drugs have had remarkable uses. But they have also been dangerously abused in the form of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and related drugs. Find out how stimulants work in the brain and why they can be so harmful.
The Science of Poppies, Pleasure, and Pain
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Round out your survey of the world's major drugs with an examination of opium and its derivatives, from regularly prescribed painkillers like codeine and morphine to heroin, often considered the most harmful drug of abuse in the world today. Learn about the neurological effects and treatment options for opiate drugs.
Problem Solving - With Terrence Real
If you are in recovery, then you have already moved toward solving one of the biggest problems anyone might face. But once recovery has begun, it can seem paradoxically like life gets more complicated as all the smaller daily problems come into focus--relationship troubles, workplace conflicts, unpaid bills, and more.…