In the last few decades there has been a great deal of scientific investigations
into the nature of addiction, how it affects the brain and how it is influenced
by social, emotional, spiritual and physical factors. These videos are a small
sampling of these findings, but provide some overview of where the scientific
community is concerning their outlook on addiction.
From the standpoint of this
website, it is interesting to see how these scientific findings often mesh with the
practices that have been developed in the 12 step community. In the case of the
12 step community, science was used when possible (e.g., see the
note from Dr. Silkworth
in the Big Book),
but practices were often developed based on just a sincere and earnest desire to find out what
worked for those seeking freedom from their life-threatening addiction. Out of that sincere
desire to find what worked, though, many practices were developed that have only
later been corroborated by scientific findings.
Click the appropriate View button below to watch the associated video.
Dr. Todd Carran gives an overview of the disease of addiction
and briefly introduces the changes in the brain during addiction.
Dr. Todd Carran talks about the progressive pathophysiology of the brain
in greater detail that occurs from mood-altering substances.
Dr. Todd Carran talks about the psychological factors that make
people more susceptible to the disease of addiction.
Dr. Todd Carran talks about the medical consequences of addiction and
its ability to damage every organ system in the body.
With the addiction, relapse is common and potentially
deadly. Dr. Carran talks about the current state of the art of dealing
Dr. Todd Carran talks about the correlations between smoking and
addictive behaviors and the importance of giving up smoking.
Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),
discusses what happens in the human brain from addiction to drugs.
Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
presents a seminar on "Addiction as a Brain Disease: What Does it Mean?"
Dr. McCauley presents reasons to consider addiction as a disease, based
on the dopamine hypothesis, and how that translates to treatment.