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Addiction: A Comprehensive View

Made up of several concise segments, this program deals with a wide range of drugs, addiction issues, and case studies. Viewers will enter a chaotic Dallas ER, where the majority of injuries are drug- and alcohol-related, and meet a desperate middle-aged woman who finally turns in her heroin-addicted daughter to police. Other segments focus on opiate addiction, drug abuse in adolescence, the reasons for relapse, the science of brain imaging, a potential treatment for alcoholism called topiramate, the disturbing lack of insurance coverage for drug and alcohol addiction, and other topics. Contains mature themes, occasional explicit language, and some graphic footage of injuries. (87 minutes)
Online
2015; 2006
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What Is Addiction?

To understand the nature of substance abuse and why an individual succumbs to addiction, a wide range of factors must be examined. This program follows Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as she conducts informal group therapy with addicts and their family members. Volkow points out the environmental, behavioral, and genetic influences that make people vulnerable to addiction and outlines ways in which addiction creates abnormal behavior. Additionally, Volkow uses brain imaging to illustrate the neurological impact of drugs and alcohol. Some content may be objectionable. (23 minutes)
Online
2016; 2006
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Understanding Relapse

What causes a recovering addict to use drugs or alcohol again? Is it a matter of weak willpower, or is substance abuse at its core a chronic condition? This program addresses those questions, showing that relapse is not the failure of treatment but part of the disorder. Viewers will learn how repeated drug use compromises the brain's "stop" system, making it difficult to resist drug triggers, and how many successful treatments involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A case study features a crack cocaine addict who has entered a University of Pennsylvania study that investigates the brain's response to drug cues.
Online
2016; 2006
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The Search for Drug Treatment: A Challenging Journey

More than one avenue is usually available in addiction treatment, but finding the appropriate one is a daunting task. How do doctors and counselors choose the right program or medication? What should an addict or family member in search of treatment ask a provider? In this program, leading experts address those topics and offer knowledge on evidence-based treatments- those that have been proven effective. Viewers will learn about the first steps to take to find the right program for an addict, which may involve therapy, medication, or both. The film emphasizes that finding treatment is complex, not a "one-stop shopping experience".
Online
2016; 2006
5.

The Adolescent Addict

Because the adolescent brain is not fully developed, young people are extremely vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction. This program combines informative case studies with analysis of two treatments found to be effective with child and teen patients. Viewers will learn about multi-systemic therapy-which engages not only the addict but his or her community, family, and environment-and structured, long-term residential therapy. The film follows a youthful addict through each approach. In addition, it explores co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression, which are typically present with adolescent addicts.
Online
2016; 2006
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An Interview With Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

A renowned researcher before becoming director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow has been a tireless investigator into the causes of substance abuse and an advocate for the development of more effective addiction treatments. In this program, Dr. Volkow addresses a wide range of issues, including addiction as a brain disease, the stigma associated with addiction, the adolescent addict, relapse, and the effectiveness of combining behavioral therapies with medication. While Volkow argues that addiction is a chronic, recurring disease of the brain, she also stresses the brain's enormous capacity to recover with the right comprehensive treatments. Some content may be objectionable. (28 minutes)
Online
2016; 2006
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An Interview With Mark L. Willenbring, M.D.

As the Director of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Dr. Mark Willenbring works to shed light on a range of substance abuse issues. In this program, Dr. Willenbring discusses various factors that can lead to alcoholism, including genetics and psychiatric disorders. Key points are the stigma associated with alcoholism, the importance of finding and starting treatment, and what constitutes effective therapy. Willenbring shares several resources that may help with treatment and identifies support groups for addicts and family members. Additionally, the film highlights new FDA-approved medications that may help reduce the risk of relapse. Some content may be objectionable. (25 minutes)
Online
2016; 2006
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An Interview With Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D.

As a senior research psychologist and director of the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Coordinating Center at Chestnut Health Systems, Dr. Michael L. Dennis is an expert on the treatment of adolescents with drug and alcohol problems. In this program, he discusses the vulnerability of the adolescent brain and the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in teen addiction. He also cites resources and organizations that can help parents find the treatment best suited to a child's needs. Asserting that failure to receive help early on has a long-term impact on a child's life, Dr. Dennis advocates proactive and immediate treatment for young people with substance abuse problems.
Online
2016; 2006
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An Interview With Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen Brady is Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Division at the University of South Carolina Medical School and an expert on addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. In this program, Dr. Brady discusses how underlying disorders like anxiety, depression, or trauma can lead to addiction or relapse, stressing the need to treat these mental disorders and addiction simultaneously. Dr. Brady also sheds light on the production of dopamine in the brain and dispels two harmful misconceptions-one, that an individual must actively want help in order to get treatment, and two, that an addict needs to reach rock-bottom before recovering. Some content may be objectionable. (22 minutes)
Online
2016; 2006
10.

Getting an Addict Into Treatment: The CRAFT Approach

After growing up with an alcoholic father, psychology professor Dr. Robert Meyers developed an innovative treatment method called Community Reinforcement and Family Training. This program outlines the CRAFT approach, a gentle and effective method for helping families guide addicted loved ones into treatment. Dr. Meyers discusses the importance of changing family dynamics to help start addicts on their journey toward recovery. A case study features Jane, who had tried everything to get her grandson Doug into treatment and who finally turns to the CRAFT system. The film shows how Doug responds to therapy and frees himself from his family's cycle of alcoholism.
Online
2016; 2006
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Treating Stimulant Addiction: The CBT Approach

A non-medical approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the most effective treatment for stimulant addiction. This program goes inside the MATRIX Institute on Addictions, where methamphetamine and cocaine addicts attend evidence-based behavioral therapy groups as well as individual and family counseling, drug testing, and 12-step programs. Case studies include Sherri, who struggles with a serious meth addiction as well as anger at her mother; Cheryl, who used drugs to cope with the impact of childhood sexual abuse; and Eric, who says his life has gotten better and less complicated as a result of CBT. The condition known as anhedonia is an important topic.
Online
2016; 2006
12.

Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy

Justin and Amanda, a young couple addicted to opiates for several years, have entered a treatment facility at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. This program follows their progress and presents expert commentary from Acadia administrator Scott Farnum, who sheds light on the different types of opioids and how they affect the brain. He also focuses on replacement therapy, an effective way to recover from opioid addiction. While making clear that replacement therapy medications such as methadone and buprenorphine are not magic bullets, the film does show that, six months later, Justin and Amanda have both remained sober.
Online
2016; 2006
13.

South Boston Drug Court

Drug Courts are an alternative to incarcerating repeat, nonviolent drug felons. In lieu of jail, addicts are mandated to receive comprehensive treatment, which often reduces recidivism. This film goes inside a drug court in South Boston, showing how the court system supervises long-term treatment for drug cases. Defendants include Joe, a heroin addict who has stolen to support his habit. He enters the Drug Court program, then relapses and skips a court hearing. Brian is another case, having entered Drug Court in a sincere attempt to escape addiction. During this process, he is able to confront his disease and get sober. Judge Robert Ziemian provides extensive commentary.
Online
2016; 2006
14.

A Mother's Desperation: Resorting to the Law

An in-depth look inside a moving case study, this program illustrates a mother's final attempt to rescue her daughter from heroin-by having a warrant issued for her arrest. After five weeks on the run, Aubrey gives up and goes to the police, enters court-mandated treatment, and moves back in with her mother. They take turns speaking to the camera about their experiences, their relationship, and how they view the future. The film also depicts a support group in which several mothers of addicts share their concerns, fears, and hopes for their children-as well as the toll addiction has taken on their own spirits.
Online
2016; 2006