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Psychology of Addiction

This lecture by Dr. Todd Carran deals with the psychology of addiction and in particular the concept of susceptibility. Statistics say that only about 13-14% of people will develop the disease of addiction. It's not a matter of exposure to addictive substances. The susceptibility is about other factors.

We would also note the significant mention at approximately 34:20 into the lecture about the importance of WORKING THE STEPS (and not just going to meetings) that will empower an addict in a full recovery.

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 progressive pathophysiology of the brain in greater detail that occurs from mood-altering substances.



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.