Addiction Overview

Addiction

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Source: American Society of Addiction Medicine
The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
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Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.

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National Survey on Drug Use & Health
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The primary source of information on the prevalence and incidence of illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 or older in the United States. Indicators include: Alcohol Abuse or Dependence; Current Binge Drinking by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Cigarette Smoking by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Alcohol by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Marijuana by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Drug Abuse or Dependence

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The Truth About Prescription Drugs
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The Truth About Alcohol
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The Truth About Inhalants
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The Turth About Crystal Meth
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The Truth About Crack Cocaine
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National Above the Influence Day
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For the second year in a row, as part of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, ONDCP is encouraging partners across the country to join us in celebrating the second annual National Above the Influence (ATI) Day. This year, the flagship ATI event will take place in Washington DC on October 17th. On that day and in the weeks leading up to the 17th, community partners from all around the country will participate in a variety of youth-focused activities that place teens at the heart of this national celebration. In addition to the activities happening around the country on the 17th, four featured partners and their youth in Texas, California, New York, and Florida will be visited by ONDCP officials - each of these areas will showcase their teens in a variety of customized, teen-centric activities and performances in concert with the main event in Washington, DC. Please encourage your community’s youth organizations to get involved in National Above the Influence Day 2013. Visit www.ATIpartnerships.com for more information on how to join the National ATI Day activities webinars, and how to vote for the winning “Made by Me National Challenge” video submission. 

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A Genetic Nexus of Obesity and Smoking
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The Rise and Fall of the Cocaine High
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Ending the stigma of addiction
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Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains why addiction should be considered a disease, not a moral failing. Briefly discusses crucial role of prevention in battling addiction.

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Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Family Education
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For educating family members about substance use disorders. The series provides key information for those supporting people in treatment and recovery. Videos include interviews from people in recovery and their loved ones.The series provides key information for those supporting people in treatment and recovery. Videos include interviews from people in recovery and their loved ones.

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Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors
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Addiction
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Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

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National Above the Influence Day
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For the second year in a row, as part of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, ONDCP is encouraging partners across the country to join us in celebrating the second annual National Above the Influence (ATI) Day. This year, the flagship ATI event will take place in Washington DC on October 17th. On that day and in the weeks leading up to the 17th, community partners from all around the country will participate in a variety of youth-focused activities that place teens at the heart of this national celebration. In addition to the activities happening around the country on the 17th, four featured partners and their youth in Texas, California, New York, and Florida will be visited by ONDCP officials - each of these areas will showcase their teens in a variety of customized, teen-centric activities and performances in concert with the main event in Washington, DC. Please encourage your community’s youth organizations to get involved in National Above the Influence Day 2013. Visit www.ATIpartnerships.com for more information on how to join the National ATI Day activities webinars, and how to vote for the winning “Made by Me National Challenge” video submission. 

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Review of the application of positive psychology to substance use, addiction, and recovery research.
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A review of research findings: "The contemporary recovery movement in addictions and the positive psychology movement in the broader field of psychological health have recently grown in prominence but almost entirely in parallel streams, yet the overlaps and possible synergies between them suggest that an integration could be a step forward in recovery from addiction."

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