The Addictive Brain by Thad A. PolkAddiction touches us all. Whether it’s a friend who can’t quit smoking, a colleague afflicted with alcoholism, or a relative abusing prescription drugs, we all know someone who suffers from some form of addiction—we may even have an addiction ourselves. By some estimates, roughly one in four Americans might be considered addicts. On the other hand, many of us use substances such as alcohol recreationally, without suffering the physical or psychological symptoms of addiction. So what is the difference between drug use, abuse, and clinical addiction? What causes addictions? What happens when your brain is on drugs, and why do addicts behave the way they do?
1. Addiction 101
2. The Psychology and Neuroscience of Reward
3. How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
4. Genetics: Born to Be an Addict?
5. Your Brain on Drugs
6. Why We Crave Coffee and Cigarettes
7. Alcohol: Social Lubricant or Drug of Abuse?
8. The Science of Marijuana
9. Stimulants: From Cocaine to Ritalin
10. The Science of Poppies, Pleasure, and Pain
11. The Gamblers Brain
12. Junk Food, Porn, Video Games: Addictions?
Listening Length: 6 hours and 23 minutes
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5 Ted Talks Everyone Recovering from Drug Abuse Needs to See
When you know someone who is recovering from drug abuse or even when you are going through it yourself, the better you understand the science of addiction and what causes it, the better you will be able to move toward long-term recovery. We think that one of the best ways to learn about tough topics such as addiction is through Ted Talks , free and short videos that educate anyone with the desire to learn about a variety of topics. Here, we have included a list of our top five talks that help give a little insight to some things that we, as humans, are always in search of and how they relate to substance abuse. Brene Brown went on a quest to better understand something that, as humans, we are all familiar with; shame. She talks about the link between shame, vulnerability, and the fear of disconnection, which she believes to be directly linked to some of the reasons that someone might start to develop a substance use disorder.
The following TED Talks on addiction are hopeful and inspiring. They will educate and assist in destigmatizing addiction. Whether you yourself are struggling or you have loved ones with addictions these videos will help you move forward in your love for yourself and others. Enjoy, and share widely. 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.
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Today the video of her talk is available, and you can see it below. Nora is world famous for her studies of the brain changes caused by drug addiction, and what she found was that similar changes happen in obese people. It makes sense if you think about it: Both addiction and obesity are diseases that involve the way the brain responds to rewarding things, things that make us feel good. In her talk, Nora describes how the brain is a brilliant machine that evolved over millions of years when humans and our ancestors had to navigate a complex world that was mainly filled with dangers and very few rewards like really tasty food. When we found a reward, like a beehive full of honey for example, we got very excited, gave those things all our attention, and braved the dangers to get the tasty prize inside.
Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudging is a way to improve those choices. Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are.