False Messengers: How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain [NOOK Book]

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This book provides a scientific explanation of drug abuse and addiction for the general public. It clarifies the meaning of concepts such as intoxication, physical dependence, and addiction, and describes the changes in the brain that underlie these states. Indeed, this volume is unique because it presents a comprehensive picture of what actually happens to people and their brains when they chronically self-administer opiates, stimulants or alcohol. Complex mechanisms of drug action in the brain are made simple ...
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False Messengers: How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain

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Overview

This book provides a scientific explanation of drug abuse and addiction for the general public. It clarifies the meaning of concepts such as intoxication, physical dependence, and addiction, and describes the changes in the brain that underlie these states. Indeed, this volume is unique because it presents a comprehensive picture of what actually happens to people and their brains when they chronically self-administer opiates, stimulants or alcohol. Complex mechanisms of drug action in the brain are made simple and comprehensible to the layman through use of informative analogies and salient graphics. Accounts of the effects of drug use and abuse on normal people create meaningful, easy-to-relate-to examples from everyday life.
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Editorial Reviews

Jamie Biswas
The authors offer a nonbiased, scientific evaluation about what drug addiction really is and how it affects the brain.
Nature
Mind-altering drugs do just that; they alter the brain's chemistry. False Messengers uses salient graphics and real-life anecdotes to show how addictive drugs change the brain. Complex mechanisms of drug action in the brain are made simple and easy to understand. With a foreword by Dr. Herbert Kleber, this book provides a powerful tool for learning about drugs and their effects on chronic substance abusers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203304976
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 9/21/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,183,915
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Your Brain, Your Mind - Your Choice 1
2 Current Drug Users - Future Addicts? 5
3 How the Brain Is Organized 15
4 How the Parts of the Brain Communicate With Each Other 31
5 How Addictive Drugs Change the Way Neurons Communicate 49
6 How Drugs Get Into the Brain - and Out Again 77
7 Drugs Tell the Brain to Take More Drugs 93
8 How Drugs Change the Brain to Produce Intoxication, Tolerance, Sensitization, Physical Dependence, and Withdrawal 109
9 How Drugs Change the Brain to Produce Psychological Dependence, Craving, and Addiction 131
10 Intervention and Treatment 153
11 Therapeutic Use of Addictive Drugs: How Can a Bad Drug Be Good? 175
12 Summing It All Up 195
Epilogue 201
Glossary 203
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    The Reality of Life

    The title above is one of mine own. I wrote this as a presentation for school. Inwhich, I explain to my fellow students the effects of alcohol and cocaine on the brain and body.I also made reference that I am the Chairperson for The Hill/McNeely Group Ministry-Substance Abuse Awareness Program.

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