Addiction and the Human Brain

DVD, 2006, HRM, 27 minutes, Grades 7-12

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain and teens are at highest risk for acquiring this disease. This DVD explains the changes to the brain caused by prolonged use of drugs and shows why voluntary drug use eventually becomes involuntary and compulsive. Studies indicate that drugs affect the developing brain more than the brain of someone more mature, thus putting teens at a higher risk of addiction. Interviews with recovering teen addicts, an addiction counselor, and brain experts and researchers provide sobering considerations to viewers. Pre- and Post-tests are included.

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