Roots of Addiction:
Fostering My Beautiful Brain
This course takes a fresh look at the ways biological and environmental factors contribute to addictions and compulsive behaviors. Research shows that any addiction results from a combination of inherited, learned, and practiced behaviors which can be treated and prevented. Alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications; illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana; and behaviors such as eating disorders, compulsive sexual activity, and compulsive gambling are also addressed.
- Understand that people use psychoactive drugs and behaviors to change their mood and to alter their states of consciousness.
- Explain the progression of Addiction.
- Understand the basic role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in creating compulsion.
- Compare and contrast heredity.
- Learn ways to overcome craving