McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Addiction | Drug Abuse

Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continuation of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary responsibilities and concerns, such as work, relationships, or health. People who have developed an addiction may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.

Psychology Today

Let’s learn about addictions (part 1): What are addictions?

Iris Balodis

This video presents a conversation with Dr. Iris Balodis about the meaning of addiction.

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Let’s learn about addictions (part 2): What is gambling disorder?

Video about gambling disorder

This video presents a conversation with Dr. Iris Balodis about gambling disorder.

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Adderall addiction

Video about Adderall addiction

This video looks at Adderall and how it works in both the body and the brain.

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Internet addiction: Is it all in your brain?

Video about internet addiction

This video looks at the negative effects of internet addiction and how cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is used to treat it.

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Mind over matter in treating substance addiction

Video about mindfulness and meditation

This video investigates the potential for mindfulness in treating substance addictions.

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Demystifying gaming disorder

Video about gaming disorder

This video provides answers to Google’s most searched questions about gaming disorder (and video games).

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Opioids | Opioid Crisis

Videos about opioids and opioid crisis

These videos provide information opioids and the opioid crisis. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have been increasing. In 2016 there were 2,861 apparent opioid-related deaths were recorded in Canada.

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Psychedelic drugs in treatment of addiction

Video about using psychedelic drugs to treat addiction

This video examines research the use of psychedelic drugs, specifically psilocybin, in the treatment of addictions such as tobacco and alcohol.

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Smoking | Tobacco | Cigarettes | Nicotine

Videos about smoking

These videos look at the health consequences of smoking cigarettes and other products that contribute to nicotine addiction.

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Videos about caffeine

These videos provide an analysis of caffeine and examines its health effects and risks of dependence.

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Videos about alcohol and alcohol abuse

These videos examine alcohol, alcoholism and its effects on health and well being.

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Marijuana | Cannabis | THC

Videos about marijuana and its effects

These videos look at marijuana (cannabis), the chemical in marijuana (THC) and its effects on human health.

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