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        Contemplating Nature vs. Nurture | Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

        In this lesson, to be used with the program Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction, students will learn about what influences their susceptibility to addiction, including a family history interview.

        Ryan and His Family

        Awareness, treatment, and recovery involve the whole family.

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        The Science of Addiction | Tragedy & Hope

        Addiction is a disease of the brain, as students will learn from this segment of "Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction." Opiates relieve physical pain but are sometimes misused for emotional pain. Stimulants produce a carefree, elevated experience. These drugs reprogram the brain and when a person comes down from them, they are very depressed. Some addiction-prone people may feel a need for the drug much like hunger tells us to eat and thirst tells us to drink. Those with a family history of addiction are born with a genetic predisposition to addiction. Additionally, because the brain is still developing until approximately age 25, individuals who begin to use drugs while they are young are more likely to develop an addiction.

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        Christopher and Colleen Image

        Colleen played a big role in Christopher's recovery.

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