In this book you will explore the brain and see what happens when drugs affect its functions. Filled with an array of useful definitions and amazing historic discoveries about the nervous system, this book will bring you up to speed on the brain/behavior relationship, basic neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and the mechanistic actions of mood-altering drugs, including alcohol, marijuana, anxiolytics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, cocaine, and opiates.
Interspersed with original eye-catching illustrations, Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior provides the same type of captivating instruction found in Dr. Brick's highly successful courses. Its clear-cut organization and topical "info-phrases" invite reader dialogue. Unlike most pharmacology-related texts, this book is written by scientists who work in the field of alcohol and drug studies and who share with you their vast, practical experiences in the clinical as well as pharmacological issues surrounding drug abuse and dependence. Specifically, you'll read about:
how psychoactive drugs affect cognition, behavior, and emotion
the brain/behavior relationship
the specific effects of 7 major addictive drug groups
pharmacokinetics - tracing the impact of drugs through the body
The brain is a fascinating organ--even more fascinating when we consider how readily certain mood-altering drugs can cause us to veer into all kinds of different behavioral paths.
Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior is a unique balance of insightful instruction, useful charts, and easy-to-use tables and formulas that will give you a broad, lasting introduction to this intriguing subject. Whether you're a nurse, chemical dependency counselor, psychologist, or clinician, this book will be a quick reference guide long after the first reading.
What Is a Drug?
Is There a Brain-Behavior Relationship?
Pharmacokinetics: How Do Drugs Get There?
Neuroanatomy: Where Do Psychoactive Drugs Act?
Neurophysiology: How Do Psychoactive Drugs Act?
Alcohol: The Socially Accepted Addictive Beverage
Cocaine and Other Stimulants: Drugs That Make Us High
Opioids: Drugs That Calm Our Pain
Marijuana: The Illegal Recreational Plant
What Is Marijuana?
Anxiolytics: Drugs That Calm Us Down
Antidepressants: Drugs That Lift Us Up
Antipsychotics: Drugs That Make Us Sane
Addiction Is Not What You Think
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