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How Addiction Hijacks the Brain

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Catalogue Number:  600664
Producer:  Human Relations Media
Subject:  Guidance, Health and Medicine
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2016
Running Time:  24:05
Closed Captions:  Yes


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This program drives home the message that drug addiction is a disease of the brain and that teens are at highest risk for acquiring this disease. Stephen Dewey and other leading scientists detail how drugs like heroin, nicotine, cocaine and marijuana change the brain, subvert the way it registers pleasure and corrupt learning and motivation. Young recovering addicts provide a human face to the effects of drugs and alcohol as they describe how addiction involves intense craving for a drug and loss of control over its use. Viewers also learn that the brain’s plasticity…or ability to change…offers hope for addicts that they can turn their lives around. 

Consultant: Stephen Dewey, Ph.D., Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Includes Resource Guide.

"This program gives viewers valuable information without preaching and does so extremely well. It would be an excellent choice for libraries and schools." - School Library Journal


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