Modules 3 & 4: Biological Models of Addiction

Ch. 2: Brain and Behavior

The second reading for Module 3 & 4 comes from the 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) publication called Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addictionthe very publication that you started to read in Module 2. When you link to this material, read the following sections:

Part III (pp. 15-20): Drugs and the Brain

Part IV (pp. 21-24): Addiction and Health

(Don’t worry, you will read the rest of this publication in other modules!)

In this chapter you will read about:

  • three systems in the brain that play a role in substance use disorders/addiction;
  • the human brain at the level of neurons;
  • how drugs affect these systems to produce their immediate psychotropic effects and long-term brain changes;
  • how drugs affect health; and,
  • key terms used in the field of substance use disorders and addiction.

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Click here for a link to our Carmen course where you can locate the assigned pdf file(s) for this chapter. You will need to be logged into our Carmen course, select Modules 3&4, and proceed to the Coursework area. Under the Readings heading you will find a box with links to the readings for relevant coursebook chapters. Don’t forget to return here in your coursebook to complete the remaining chapters and interactive activities.



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