This program drives home the message that drug addiction is a disease of the brain and that teens are at highest risk for acquiring this disease. Stephen Dewey and other leading scientists detail how drugs like heroin, nicotine, cocaine and marijuana change the brain, subvert the way it registers pleasure and corrupt learning and motivation. Young recovering addicts provide a human face to the effects of drugs and alcohol as they describe how addiction involves intense craving for a drug and loss of control over its use. Viewers also learn that the brain’s plasticity…or ability to change…offers hope for addicts that they can turn their lives around. ©2016 CC
Consultant: Stephen Dewey, Ph.D., Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Grade Level: 7–College
Running Time: 24 Minutes
Includes: video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.