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Pathophysiology of the Addictive Brain

This lecture talks about how the actual structure of the individual brain cells changes explain why the disease of addiction is and must be progressive. The way to show that is by looking at what happens with a mood altering substance at the individual brain cell level. This specifically looks at a couple of brain cells in the Nucleus Accumbens aka the "pleasure center".

Dr. Todd Carran is based at, based just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, which is a full service residential drug & alcohol treatment center.

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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 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 with relapse.



Dr. Todd Carran talks about the correlations between smoking and addictive behaviors and the importance of giving up smoking.


Brain Imaging

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), discusses what happens in the human brain from addiction to drugs.


Brain Disease

Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) presents a seminar on "Addiction as a Brain Disease: What Does it Mean?"


As A Disease

Dr. McCauley presents reasons to consider addiction as a disease, based on the dopamine hypothesis, and how that translates to treatment.