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Effects of Drug Use

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Lectures: 5

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Addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways, disturbing a person’s normal hierarchy of needs and desires and substituting new priorities connected with procuring and using the drug. The resulting compulsive behaviors that weaken the ability to control impulses, despite the negative consequences, are similar to hallmarks of other mental illnesses.

Effective medications exist for treating opioid, alcohol, and nicotine addiction and for alleviating the symptoms of many other mental disorders, yet most have not been well studied in comorbid populations. Some medications may benefit multiple problems. For example, evidence suggests that bupropion (trade names: Wellbutrin, Zyban), approved for treating depression and nicotine dependence, might also help reduce craving and use of the drug methamphetamine. More research is needed, however, to better understand how these medications work, particularly when combined in patients with comorbidities.

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Effects of Drug Use

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Effects of Drug Use: Comorbidity, Addiction and Other Mental Disorders
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Effects of Drug Use: Drug Use and Viral Infections (HIV, Hepatitis)
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Effects of Drug Use: Drugged Driving
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Effects of Drug Use: Understanding Drug Use and Addiction
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Drug-Related Hospital Emergency Room Visits
We offer courses created by the worlds leading experts in addiction recovery. Our curriculum has been developed by top scientists who have spent their careers as addiction recovery professionals, addiction counselors or addiction researchers at the NIDA, SAMHSA and NIAAA.

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