Drugs & the Brain
Mason McDaniel & Katie McIntyre
How drugs that affect the brain work
-Some drugs can change the way neurons communicate with each other.
-The action of certain neurotransmitters is the basis for our different moods and emotions.
The Path to Addiction
*Tolerance - Drug tolerance develops after repeated drug use when the user finds that it takes more of a drug to feel the same effect felt when first using the drug.
*Dependence - After repeated drug use, a person finds that he or she cannot function properly without taking the drug.
*Addiction - While drugs are changing the abuser's brain,he or she is also learning drug abuse behaviors and attitudes. An addict learns hot to get drugs, how to take them, and,sometimes, how to lie and steal to get drugs.
Behavioral Warning Signs of Addiction
2. Dramatic change of appearance
3. Change of friends
4. Unexplained mood swings
5. Absences from school
6. Dramatic change in eating habits
7. Excessive secretiveness or lying
8. Unexplained need for money