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When members of the medical profession take the Hippocratic oath, they never imagine that the drugs they prescribe for pain would kill or destroy the lives of their patients. But that has been happening all across America since the year 2000. Did the pharmaceutical companies, who created and marketed opioids as "safe, non-addictive treatment for pain", realize they were unleashing a modern plague? Or was it a deliberate marketing effort?
As meth use has reached a crisis point, many mental health professionals remain unprepared. Familiarity with the meth experience, its effects on the brain and the path to recovery, are essential factors of competent care.
These videos follow the powerful personal stories of a number of former users, tracing their path of destruction and ultimate recovery, interspersed with research-based information about how meth damages relationships, alters the brain and controls behavior. State-of-the-art computer graphics demonstrate the chemical process of meth addiction in a profound and comprehensible way.
Addiction touches us all. What happens when your brain is on drugs? Discover the neural mechanisms that underlie the behaviors of addiction, and see how drugs and activities like gambling can hijack the brain and lead to behavioral problems. Understanding addiction can motivate an addict to seek treatment, and can lead loved ones to see the addict in a new way.
Hear firsthand from individuals struggling with addiction and follow the cutting-edge work of doctors and scientists as they investigate why addiction is not a moral failing, but a chronic, treatable medical condition. Easy access to drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and even prescription medications like OxyContin has fueled an epidemic of addiction - the deadliest in US history. Now, science is revealing how addiction affects the brain, and top experts are gathering evidence about how we should address our drug problem, from embracing evidence-based treatments, to rethinking public policies.
Addictive disorders occur when an individual uses a substance or medication to the point where they experience clinically significant stress or functional impairment, leading to possible intoxication, abuse, addiction, and withdrawal. Those suffering from addictive disorders may have their cognition, perceptions, or physiology debilitated. They may continue to use substances, even with they experience negative effects. They may be so dependent, that ceasing or reducing substance use causes negative consequences.