Neurochemistry of Substance Dependence

  • Addiction Is a Brain Disorder & Disruption of the Neurotransmission

  • Addiction Vulnerability Is Primarily Inherited – Exactly What Is Inherited? 

  • Identifying Personal Genetic Vulnerability and Risk of Substance Dependence

  • Alcoholism & Addiction: Genetics, Brain Chemistry (Working & Not Working), and Brain Healing

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Addiction Is a Brain Disorder & Disruption of the Neurotransmission (pages: Subject 3-28 – 3-34; 3-38 – 3-41) 
Positive Beginning; Addiction Is a Brain Disorder; Addiction Produces an Altered State of Compulsive Behavior; Addiction Is Found in Brain Chemistry; Basics of Brain Anatomy; Similarities Among Anxiety Disorders; The Basics of How The Brain Works; Process of Neurotransmission; Standard Neurotransmission Activity Involved in the Addictive Process; Identification of The Reinforcement or Reward Pathway; The Mesolimbic System and the Medical Forebrain Bundle; The Effects of Addictions on The Reward Pathway;  Psychiatric Medications Are Not The Same as Drugs of Abuse; “Stop” and “Go” Chemistry Determines Drug of Choice; Laboratory Animals Lead The Way in Research; How Specific Drugs Affect The Brain; Balance and Down Regulation of Natural Brain Chemicals; Result of Reduced Neurotransmitters and Receptor Sites; Drugs Disrupt Neurotransmitter Activity; Reaching Desired Results Becomes More Difficult; Using to Feel “Normal” Discussion; Positive Closure

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Addiction Vulnerability Is Primarily Inherited – Exactly What Is Inherited? (pages: Subject 3-41 – 3-45; Appendix III-67 – III-84)
Positive Beginning; Inherited Pre-Using Differences in Brain Chemistry: Neuropsychological Functioning Difficulties, Irregular Brain Electrical Activity, Difficulties Telling the Difference Between Important and Unimportant Stimuli, Elevated Levels of Anxiety and Tension to Non-Stressful & Stressful Stimuli and Situations, Neurochemistry Imbalances; Inherited Differences in the Response to Alcohol and Other Drugs During Use: Cognitive Difficulties, Difficulties Telling the Difference Between Important and Unimportant Stimuli, Exceptionally Rewarding Response to Alcohol and Other Drugs, Increased Sensitivity to the Pleasure Producing Effects of Substances, Less Initial Response to the Intoxicating Effects of Alcohol, Greater Reduction of Stress Reaction With Use, Significant Increases I Endorphin Levels With Use, Neuroadaptation to Substances, Reduced Activity of the Enzyme Monoamine Oxidase (MAO), Blocked Reuptake Process in the Brain, Brain Develops Tolerance in an Attempt to Balance Itself, Lower Levels of Cortisol Activity, Reward Pathway in the Brain Begins to Seek Pleasure ; Post-Using Differences in Brain Chemistry: Down-Regulation, EEG, Withdrawal, Post Abstinence Symptoms; Alcohol and Other Drugs Eventually Damage The Brain; Brain Damage Is Usually Reversible With Abstinence; Two Different Brain Chemistries – Two Different Outcomes; “Yesterday” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure
 

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Identifying Personal Genetic Vulnerability and Risk of Substance Dependence (pages: Subject 3- 15 – 3-17; Appendix III-14 – III-19)
Positive Beginning; Nature Versus Nurture; Causes of Substance Dependence;  Bio-Psycho-Social-Environmental-Cultural-Spiritual Causes; Genetic Factors; Twin Studies; Adoption Studies; Results of Adoption and Twin Studies; Importance of Studying The Family Tree; Prevalence of Substance Disorders; Risk Among Men & Women; Risk Factors for Developing Substance Dependence; Causes: Inherited Genetics, Environmental, Individual Traits, Cultural; Applying Information About Inherited Genetics; “Family Tree” Exercise; Positive Closure

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Alcoholism & Addiction: Genetics, Brain Chemistry (Working & Not Working), and Brain Healing (pages: Subject 3-16 – 3-17; 3-30 – 3-32; 3-39; 3-41 – 3-42; 3-75)
Positive Beginning; Adoption Studies; Results of Adoption and Twin Studies; Overview of Brain Functions; The Basics of How The Brain Works; Standard (Working) Neurotransmission Activity Involved in the Addictive Process; Results of Disruption (Not Working) in Neurotransmission; If Addiction Is Inherited – Exactly What is Inherited?; Inherited Pre-Using Differences in Brain Chemistry; Inherited Using Differences in Brain Chemistry; Inherited Post-Using Differences in Brain Chemistry; Positive Closure

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