Instructional Video

What is Addiction?

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Why do our bodies become addicted to some substances? Young psychologists explore the mechanisms of addiction through a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. Content includes the cycle of addiction, changes that take place in the brain and body, and resources for recovery.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to highlight brain anatomy or biochemical processes in the body
  • Plan a discussion about addiction and addictive substances for after the video to check the class' understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Make sure pupils understand the concept of chemical receptors before viewing the resource
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • The narrator points out other addictive behaviors aside from drugs and alcohol, such as overeating; this gives learners a clearer picture of addiction
  • Animated brain anatomy helps viewers understand the structures and functions of the brain involved in addiction
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