Continuing revelations about the human brain are transforming our approaches to medical treatment, education, and human development. In this guide, Dr. Carlton Erickson, director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center at the University of Texas, writes not only a "brain science 101" text, but helps explain how developments in neurobiology call for basic changes in the very ways that addiction professionals discuss, define, and treat chemical dependence. In an easy-to-understand language, Dr. Erickson renders the complex neuroscience of dependence and drug and medication-interaction in a clear and refreshing approach to facilitate understanding and use in treatment and recovery. This guide brings the hidden world of neurotransmitters, axons, receptors, vesicles, synapses, and neuroscience to light as an educational tool for clinicians to use with their clients.
This manual builds on the content of the video. The thirty-question post-test is worth fifteen continuing education hours upon successful completion.
In this video, Dr. Carlton Erickson speaks to how the human brain is transforming our approach to the treatment of addiction and mental health, education, and human development. Dr. Erickson first addresses how language itself first shapes our view of how we define and treat chemical dependence. His dynamic and articulate presence, along with animation and vivid graphics, helps viewers more easily understand the complex ideas of the neuroscience of dependence, drug interactions on the brain, and its behavioral effects. His ideas will help you understand
- chemical dependency as a brain disease
- drug effects on the brain
- psychosocial and pharmacological treatments
- how abstinence, treatment, and recovery can restore the neurobiology of the brain to equilibrium