The story of one mother’s attempt to rescue her daughter from her heroin addiction – a more complete telling of the story introduced in the centerpiece show, Addiction.
Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow addresses a wide range of issues in this program such as: addiction as a brain disease; the stigma associated with addiction; the adolescent addict and relapse.
Dr. Kathleen Brady is a professor of psychiatry and an expert in addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Here she discusses how underlying disorders like anxiety, depression or trauma can lead to addiction or relapse.
Director of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Dr. Mark Willenbring discusses the different factors that can lead to alcoholism, including genetics and psychiatric disorders.
Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a gentle and effective method for helping families guide addicted loved ones into treatment.
Dr. Michael Dennis is an expert on the treatment of adolescents with drug and alcohol problems. In this program, he discusses the vulnerability of an adolescent’s brain and the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in teen addiction.
At Acadia’s model drug treatment program, Scott Farnum discusses the different types of opioids and their effects on the brain. Farnum’s lecture clearly explains why replacement therapy is an effective way to recover from opioid addiction.
Drug Courts are an alternative to incarcerating repeat, non-violent drug felons. In lieu of jail, addicts are mandated to receive comprehensive treatment, which often reduces relapses and re-arrests. There are almost 1600 drug courts in the United States.
The adolescent brain is not fully developed, making a young person extremely vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction. Co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression are typically present with adolescent addicts.
Addiction can be difficult for both the addict and their family members. What can be even more difficult is finding the right treatment for an individual. In this film leading experts answer these questions and offer knowledge on evidence based treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the most effective treatment for stimulant addiction. No medical treatment currently exists for stimulant addiction, which include methamphetamine and cocaine.
What leads to relapse? Why is drug addiction a chronic, relapsing disease? Experts explain that relapse is not the failure of treatment but part of the disorder.
In an informal therapy group, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, discusses addiction as a brain disease with addicts and family members. She notes the environmental, behavioral and genetic factors that can make an individual vulnerable to addiction.
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