About the Series
Program 1: PORTRAIT OF ADDICTION
Program 2: THE HIJACKED BRAIN
Program 3: CHANGING LIVES
Program 4: THE NEXT GENERATION
Program 5: THE POLITICS OF ADDICTION
PEGGY: Middle-Class Alcoholic
LOUIS: Reclaiming Himself from Drugs
WENDY: Freedom to Drink, or Freedom to Live?
JOE: A Teenager's Struggle
PAUL: A Physician's Illness
SUE: A Family's Battle with Heroin Addiction
SCIENCE: The Hijacked Brain
What Are the Differences Between a Drug User, a Drug Abuser, and a Drug Addict?
Crossing the Line to Addiction: How and When Does It Happen?
Relapse and Craving (with animation)
Why Do People Take Drugs in the First Place? (with animation)
Do All Drugs Affect the Brain Similarly? (with animation)
From Enjoyment to Dependence
Vulnerability to Addiction
Can the Addicted Brain Change Back?
TREATMENT: Changing Lives
A Long-term Approach
Kinds of Treatment
Some Questions to Ask When Choosing an Addiction Treatment Program
How Managed Care Is Affecting Addiction Treatment
A Personal Journey by Nan Robertson
PREVENTION: The Next Generation
Approaches That Work
Trends in Teen Drug Use
What Hasn't Worked
Who Is at Risk?
A New Government Initiative
The DARE Approach
POLICY: The Politics of Addiction
Our Current Policy
Does Treatment Work?
The Politics of Methadone
The Debate Over Needle Exchange
Legislating Insurance Parity for Addiction Treatment
The Heavy Toll of a Legal Drug
The High Cost of Doing Nothing
Fighting Back: Community Members Work Together
Take a Step at Work and in Your Community
Q: The U.S. spends two-thirds of its drug budget on interdiction and law enforcement and one-third on treatment and prevention. Is this the appropriate ratio?
Q: Has the War on Drugs reduced crime?
Q: Has the War on Drugs decreased rates of drug addiction?
Q: Should illegal drugs be decriminalized?
Q: Should needle exchange be publicly funded?
Q: Should marijuana be legalized for medical purposes?
Q: Should nicotine and alcohol be further regulated?
Alcohol, Cocaine, Stimulants, Opiates, Nicotine, Marijuana in the body (22 K)
How Brain Cells Communicate (98 K)
How COCAINE Works in the Brain:
Normal Neurotransmission (Dopamine) (121 K)
Add Cocaine (142 K)
How ALCOHOL Works in the Brain:
Normal Neurotransmission (GABA) (82 K)
Add Alcohol (168 K)
How OPIATES Work in the Brain:
Normal Neurotransmission (Dopamine) (92 K)
Add Opiates (110 K)
Help & Resources
Get Help Now
How Can I Tell If I Have a Problem with Drugs or Alcohol?
Do We Have a Problem in Our Family?
How to Approach an Intervention
Books and Articles
Guides & Outreach
The Take a Step Campaign
Close to Home Contest
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