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Health10 Drugs - Digging Deeper: Drug Addiction

Understanding Drug addiction:

In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains addiction pharmacologically and looks at how drugs of abuse take control of the reward systems in the brain.

SOURCE: YouTube (2013), Duration 2:46 mins.

I'm not addicted: Will's story

You can become addicted to just about anything. It becomes a serious problem when it takes you away from the things you normally do. Some people have a predisposition to addiction and Will’ s story shows that anyone can fall dangerously into addiction. It started with video games addiction which was the beginning of the slippery slope that almost cost him his life. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball play. He could never imagine that at the age of 17 he would be living on the streets addicted to crack cocaine and near death. His remarkable story now brings so much hope to those that struggle with addiction and he now dedicates his life to helping Youth.

SOURCE: ClickView (2017) Rated PG, Duration 20:07 mins.

What is addiction?

Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way.

SOURCE: YouTube (2015) Duration 14:42 mins.

What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. This video is adapted from Johann Hari's New York Times best-selling book 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.'

SOURCE: YouTube (2015), Duration 5:41 mins.