Addiction Science

Picture of Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease.

Versión en español:
La Ciencia de la Adiccion
For teens (grades 7-12). A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to understand how mapping the brain helps neuroscientists understand the decision-making process; discover how stress physically impacts different parts of the body; and learn about the opioid overdose death crisis. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 16-17 Compilation for Teachers
A collection of teacher lesson plans designed to teach students (grades 7-12) the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to understand how mapping the brain helps neuroscientists understand the decision-making process; discover how stress physically impacts different parts of the body; and learn about the opioid overdose death crisis. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 14-15 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amidst shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing. Additional topics include tobacco and nicotine. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 14-15 Compilation for Teachers

A teacher lesson plan designed to teach students (grades 7–12) the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amidst shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing. Additional topics include tobacco and nicotine. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 13-14 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students about the extraordinary complexities of the brain, including such topics as how drugs overload the brain's reward system; how actions in youth impact the brain's efficiencies through synaptic pruning; and why teen brains are inclined toward impulsivity and the benefits of "pausing" before making decisions. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 13-14 Compilation for Teachers

A teacher lesson plan designed to teach students (grades 7–12) about the extraordinary complexities of the brain, including such topics as how drugs overload the brain's reward system; how actions in youth impact the brain's efficiencies through synaptic pruning; and why teen brains are inclined toward impulsivity and the benefits of "pausing" before making decisions. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

This tool is designed for people who have stopped drug use while they were detained in the criminal justice system or while receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. To prepare these individuals to return to their home environment, counselors can customize this tool to help them identify triggers that could prompt a drug relapse. It also includes information about resources and helplines. These discreet cards can be kept in a wallet, pocket, purse, or cell phone case for easy access.

Content is as follows:

DRUGS & THE BRAIN

  • Addiction is a brain disease.
  • Drugs change the structure of the brain and how it works.
    • These brain changes can be long-lasting and can lead to harmful behaviors.
    • They can also create and spark triggers that bring on drug cravings. This makes it hard to be around your triggers even if you’ve been drug-free for a long time.

TRIGGERS A trigger is anything that makes you feel the urge to go back to using drugs because it reminds you of taking a drug and getting high. Learn your triggers and stay away from them:

    ■ Place ■ Person ■ Thing ■ Smell ■ Feeling ■ Picture ■ Something stressful ■ Memory

MY TRIGGERS [Blank spaces] RESOURCES IN MY AREA [Blank spaces]

TREATMENT Treatment is effective in helping people achieve recovery. It can include medication and/or counseling. OVERDOSE Your risk of overdose is very high if you go back to using. Your body can’t handle the same amount of drug you used before. If you overdose and don’t get treatment immediately, you could die. This information is based on evidence from NIDA-supported research.

RESOURCES Find treatment in your area: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (toll-free) or findtreatment.samhsa.gov. In an emergency, call 911 or get to an emergency room. Emergency opioid overdose reversal info: drugabuse.gov/naloxone. For More Resources: drugabuse.gov/recovery | drugabuse.gov/criminaljustice | drugabuse.gov/treatment To order these free cards: drugpubs.drugabuse.gov

Picture of La Ciencia de la Adiccion

Proporciona información científica sobre la enfermedad de la drogadicción, incluyendo las muchas consecuencias nocivas del uso indebido de drogas y los enfoques básicos que se han desarrollado para prevenir y tratar la enfermedad. Para ver o descargar una versión electrónica actualizada de La Ciencia de la Adicción, haga clic aquí. La versión impresa anterior, que se encuentra en esta página, todavía tiene contenido relevante. 

Picture of The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.