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When the Brain Goes Wrong

This videorecording presents brief descriptions of seven brain disorders: schizophrenia, manic depression, addiction, epilepsy, stroke, head injury, and headaches. Descriptions of each are given by physicians, clients and their families who relate their experiences with the differenet diseases.
2018; 1992

Pleasure Unwoven: A Personal Journey About Addiction

"'Is addiction really a disease?' In this high-definition video essay, Kevin McCauley explores the arguments for and against this vital debate, reviewing the latest neuroscientific research about addiction along the way. Using the spectacular landscape of Utah's State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction, Dr. McCauley turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible."--Container.
Clemons (Stacks)

Drugs, Inc

"Drugs: a multibillion-dollar industry that fuels crime and violence like no other substance on the planet. Turning cartel leaders into billionaires, the illegal drug industry also provides vital income to hundreds of thousands of poor workers across the globe. While some users sacrifice their lives to an addiction they can't escape, others find drugs to be their only saving grace from physical or emotional pain almost impossible to overcome. Where should the lines be drawn in this lucrative industry?"--Container
Clemons (Stacks)

American Bullfighter

Documentary that explores filmmaker Alex LeMay's recovery from alcoholism using bullfighting as his method of rehabilitation and redemption.
Clemons (Stacks)

Brain Power!: The NIDA Junior Scientist Program

This is science education materials developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for second-and third-grade students on the brain and the effects of drugs on the brain. The curriculum is titled Brain Power! The NIDA junior scientist program and consists of six modules. The goal of the curriculum is to lay the foundation for future scientific learning and substance abuse prevention efforts by providing an ealy elementary school-age audience with a basis of knowledge and critical thinking skills.
2002; 2001
Ivy (By Request)

Supporting Kids [electronic resource]

In this program, Shannon and Jay, joined by 16-year-old Dave, talk about the support they received in fighting their addictions. In addition, parents, counselors, a police drug-awareness coordinator, and the directors of a detox facility and a drug and alcohol program discuss the physical and emotional signs of drug use, theories of why younger children are turning to drugs, the easy availability of drugs in small towns, the difficulties parents face in addressing drug use, codependency between addicts and their families, and the painful process of recovery and making amends.

Getting Help [electronic resource]

Drug and alcohol addictions are not hopeless. This program focuses on the recovery process and the options available to those fighting addictions. Together with Shannon, Jay, Dave, and 15-year-old Erin, parents and addiction-related professionals discuss 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, medical and social-setting detox programs, the Minnesota model of rehabilitation, in-school education programs, the reasons for relapse, and the happiness and renewed self-esteem of recovering addicts.

The Science of Methamphetamine [electronic resource]: An Informed Recovery

This powerful video separates fact from fiction with regard to meth treatment. The unscripted words of men and women who have experienced meth addiction are achingly honest. Clinicians from the Matrix Institute, renowned for its research of stimulant abuse treatment, present clinical concepts in an easy-to-understand and engaging manner. For individuals and clinicians who have been told that recovery from meth is almost impossible, this film offers insight, experience, and hope.

Treating Addiction With Virtual Reality [electronic resource]

Millions of Americans struggle with addiction every day. Learning how to control cravings and resist temptation is the hardest thing for a recovering addict to deal with. This ABC News report looks at an experimental program at Duke University that allows addicts to experience and control their cravings in the controlled environment of virtual reality. Scientists believe that addicts who learn how to crave their addictions can learn how not to crave.

Inside Alcoholics Anonymous [electronic resource]

This edition of Investigative Reports - the first video on Alcoholics Anonymous ever filmed by a producer outside of the umbrella of the AA organization - takes viewers inside AA meetings and the AA General Services Office, the overseeing body that assists the fellowship worldwide. Interviews with AA "old-timers," AA's managing director, leading national health authorities, and the organization's outspoken critics provide a detailed and balanced look at an international mutual aid movement dedicated to achieving and maintaining sobriety.

Women and Cigarettes [electronic resource]: A Fatal Attraction

Regardless of everything known about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, a young generation of American women is picking up the habit. In this program, ABC News correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports on not only how the tobacco industry has targeted women since the 1920s but how research indicates that women face twice the risks from smoking that men do. Experts such as Dr. Diane Stover of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center discuss how smoking endangers a fetus and triples the risk of heart disease, the leading killer of women. Model and smoking opponent Christy Turlington talks about her experiences. At the end of the program, a group of teenage girls is interviewed who smoke despite the warnings and chilling facts presented.

The Substance in Question [electronic resource]

This British program explains the major illegal drugs of misuse, examining the following four groups: stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine, and crack), hallucinogenics (LSD and Ecstasy), hypnosedatives (barbiturates and tranquilizers), and opiates (heroin). The program also examines cannabis. In the case of each drug, the program provides a factual introduction and a guide to short- and long-term effects. Drug users offer their candid insights into their attraction to specific substances, and a medical professional and substance abuse expert provides an explanation of the relative dangers of each individual drug.

Inhalant Abuse [electronic resource]: Breathing Easy

Inhalant abuse is a particularly sinister form of substance abuse because these substances are relatively easy to access, the "high" is reached quickly, abusers can become addicted in a very short time-and unless caught very early, it almost certainly leads to permanent damage to the brain and other vital organs. This program focuses on the causes of and prevention of inhalant abuse, looking at the psychological and physiological aspects of addiction, the environmental factors that lead young people to inhalant abuse, and the terrible consequences of their actions. Interviewing a young former "sniffer" brings home the social and psychological factors that contributed to his addiction; his story tells of the despair and pain that made substance abuse seem like an option. The program a [...]

Making Choices [electronic resource]

In this program, 17-year-olds Shannon and Jay openly discuss the factors that sent them spiraling into drug addiction and their subsequent attempts to recover. Dramatizations of interviews with their parents, teachers, and friends, along with reenactments of upsetting family incidents, reveal financial and abuse issues at home and an unwillingness to confront the changes in the addicts' behaviors and personalities. What Shannon and Jay had in common was that eventually even the strongest drugs could no longer bring a feeling of relief from their problems.

Super Weed [electronic resource]

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug on the planet - yet with 400 active chemicals and compounds, it's also considered by scientists to be one of our most interesting plants. Some brand it as dangerous, while others seem to look the other way. In most countries, marijuana is illegal - and in the U.S., the federal government places it in the same category as heroin and cocaine. Billions of dollars are spent to eradicate it, hundreds of thousands of Americans are jailed for possessing it, and 15 million Americans will try it this year. Bold growers plant "gardens" in national forests, converting national parks as well as suburban homes into greenhouses. The potency of the plant is greater then ever before and demand is up. Way up. In California alone, marijuana economics outp [...]

The Power of Addiction [electronic resource]

This program covers both chemical and behavioral addiction. It describes the signs of compulsive behavior, and analyzes such possible causes of addictive behavior as neurotransmitter imbalance and genetic and environmental factors. Examining the physiological and psychological mechanisms of chemical addiction, specifically to cocaine, the program profiles several recovered cocaine addicts, discusses several studies of addiction in laboratory rats, and discusses the factors involved in recovering from addiction.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Other Drug Use During Pregnancy [electronic resource]

Focusing on Native American populations, this program profiles an eight-year-old Apache boy who was born with FAS, showing how alcohol ingested by the mother crosses the placenta and enters the bloodstream of the fetus and describing common birth defects, learning disabilities, mental handicaps, and behavioral problems typically associated with the disorder. The program also examines babies born to cocaine-addicted mothers, illustrating how the drug affects the fetus and explaining that crack babies are at risk for low birth weight, impaired brain growth, and malformed kidneys and genitals.

Addiction [electronic resource]: The Family in Crisis

This concise explanation of alcoholism combines expert commentary with one family's experience. A sober alcoholic, his wife, and their daughter discuss the progression of his alcoholism and its devastating impact on their lives. Experts explain how family members often act as enablers, unintentionally making it easier for the alcoholic to keep drinking. Finally, the program addresses treatment options for alcoholics and sources of support for families.