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Understanding Relapse

What causes a recovering addict to use drugs or alcohol again? Is it a matter of weak willpower, or is substance abuse at its core a chronic condition? This program addresses those questions, showing that relapse is not the failure of treatment but part of the disorder. Viewers will learn how repeated drug use compromises the brain’s “stop” system, making it difficult to resist drug triggers, and how many successful treatments involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A case study features a crack cocaine addict who has entered a University of Pennsylvania study that investigates the brain’s response to drug cues. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (21 minutes)

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Understanding Relapse: Introduction
Addiction almost always starts between the ages of 18 and 25. Hear testimonials from substance abusers. Brian feels the urge to use every two weeks.