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The Hijacker – Addiction Series (Episode 1)
Substance use disorders (SUDs), what some refer to as addiction, affect tissue function in two main parts of the brain: the limbic system (responsible for basic survival instincts) and the prefrontal cortex (where decision-making and impulse control live).
Substance use activates the dopamine process in the survival center much more powerfully than natural rewards like food or sex. When repeated it can hijack the brain, making it think that the substance is the most important thing for survival.
The good news – SUDs are preventable and treatable, and brain scans show that once an individual is in recovery, brain tissue can get better.
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Whirlpools of Risk – Addiction Series (Episode 2)
This short video by the Addiction Policy Forum explains factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing a substance use disorder. (2:32 minutes)
Today’s Drugs: Addiction 101
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Megan Fisher CADAC IV, and a Director of Addiction Recovery Services at a large mental health center, shares what we should all know about addiction. (5:53 minutes)
Understanding Severity of Addiction – Addiction Series (Episode 3)
Like to stages of cancer, there are levels of severity for substance use disorders and they tend to get worse over time, which is why early detection and intervention is so important. (3:24 minutes)
What is Addiction?
Provided by the Addiction Policy Forum, this short video provides a good animation to better understand addiction (substance use disorder) (4:11 Minutes)
Today’s Drugs: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Megan Fisher, CADAC IV, and a Director of Addiction Recovery Services at a large mental health center, shares what we should all know about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction. (13:43 minutes)
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Substance Use Disorder Screening Tool
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