A compilation of ten videos on two DVDs addressing everything from the history and etiology of drug use through treatment and recovery.
History (14:40 minutes) This segment explores the roll psychoactive drugs have played in the social economic and emotional development of civilization.
Prevention (19 minutes) Prevention is a shared responsibility and the goals of the three recognized methods are explained. Age of first use as an indicator of future problems is also explored.
Treatment (13:43 minutes) Treatment and recovery become a lifelong p[process for individuals willing to confront their addiction. This segment deals with each aspect of the treatment continuum.
Mental Health and Drugs (16:20 minutes) Co-occurring disorders are challenging for both the patient and their treatment provider. This film focuses on simultaneous treatment using medications and individual/group therapy.
Heredity, Environment & Psychoactive Drugs (13:50) The combination of a person's genetic history and the external pressures they experience at various times in their lives are key factors of addiction.
Uppers (13:15 minutes) Stimulants from cocaine to amphetamine to caffeine and nicotine each class is examined in terms of mental and emotional effects.
Downers: Sedative Hypnotics (18:25 minutes) Prescribed to lessen pain and anxiety, these are effective when used as therapeutic adjuncts to treatment, misuse leads to serious addiction.
Alcohol (16:50 minutes) Woven into the cultural and family traditions of most peoples, alcohol is the oldest and most widely used psychoactive drug which can, if abused cause irreversible physiological damage.
All-Arounders (20:18 minutes) This segment addresses the alphabet soup psychedelics like MDMA and LSD to the plant based substances like mushrooms and marijuana.
Other Drugs, Other Addictions (19:55 minutes) Addiction isn't limited to street drugs and alcohol, this segment deals with addictive inhalant, steroid, gambling, eating and internet behaviors.
Resource Disk: Curriculum overview, 10 PowerPoint presentations, reproducible worksheets for each segment
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Darryl Inaba, PharmD Research Scientist, former CEO, Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics
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