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Memories of addiction
Many factors seem to be involved in the development of an addiction as well as its continuation. Addictions, in a sense, might involve some of the same processes, notably synaptic plasticity, that are considered to underlie memory processes. In this nature video we hear a bit about how individuals can learn to forget, which can be useful in the treatment of fear and addiction-related disorders.
Tackling the truth of gambling addiction
John Oliver, the brilliant political satirist, has a wonderfully entertaining piece that will tell you much that you should know about the gaming industry. Enjoy this video, but also take it seriously.
Education and addiction
For the addicted individual, educational material about how to quit likely won’t be effective in getting them to abandon their habits. However, having the necessary information, when coupled with the desire to quit and obtaining effective help may be useful. This video is also for friends who want to help a buddy beat an addiction. There are multiple internet sites that offer this sort of information or advice. As a starting point, I’ve selected two that seemed fairly good. One focuses on smoking (produced by the American Cancer Society) and the other on gambling (produced by HelpGuide.Org).
Addiction: It’s all in your head
This excellent video from SciShow provides an overview of how different neurotransmitters contribute to addiction. Particular attention is given to dopamine, and there is discussion of other transmitters, such as GABA and glutamate. In addition to dealing with drug addictions, this video also covers behavioral addictions, such as gambling.
Alcohol: central and peripheral actions
How does alcohol affect the brain to produce the effects that it does. These two videos focus on two neurotransmitters, GABA and glutamate, and does a great job in doing this. There are, of course, other factors within the brain that play an important role in producing alcohol’s effects. The second video deals more with peripheral effects of alcohol and even discusses hangovers.
Both are productions of AsapScience
Some readers will already know either a bit or a lot about crack cocaine, but probably not much about what it does to neuronal activity within the brain. This whiteboard presentation (AsapScience) describes the effects of cocaine on dopamine, and also details some of the negative effects that can arise.
More on Cocaine
This very short BBC video tells you a bit more about how cocaine works. The graphics are great, and so is the explanation of cocaine effects.
Can weed be addictive?
This brief Dnews clip asks whether marijuana can in some way be addictive. It also raises the question of marijuana links to mental issues other than addiction.