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National Institute on Drug Abuse

This five unit, slide teaching packet was designed for use by health practitioners, teachers, and neuroscientists, to make presentations to diverse groups ranging from upper level high school science classes, to middle school students, to the general public . To assist the presenter, there is a detailed outline, as well as instructions for creating slides, if these are preferred over a powerpoint format. For the units with more sophisticated information, there is also further background material for the presenter.


  • The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana

    Unit 1 in the series is intended for use with high school students. The unit is divided into three parts. The first section introduces the brain and presents some basic neurobiology, the second introduces the reward pathway and the third presents the mechanism of action of cocaine, opiates, and marijuana and how each affects the reward system. In addition there is an outline for the presenter and also instructions for creating slides, if these are preferred over a PowerPoint presentation. The unit is designed to take 30-40 minutes, without questions. There a total of 25 slides. The presenter needs to be familiar with neurobiology to use this unit.
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  • The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

    Unit 2 in the series is intended for high school students. The unit is divided into four parts. The first section includes an introduction to the neurobiology of the brain. The second section deals with the mechanisms of reward. The next two sections deal with the actions of heroin and cocaine in the central nervous system. The unit is designed to take 30-40 minutes, without questions. There a total of 30 slides. As with other units in this series, a knowledge of neurobiology is needed to present this unit.
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  • Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says

    Unit 3 provides an overview of drug addiction from the perspective of addiction as "a brain disorder." Beyond presenting the underlying neurobiology, it also includes material on risk factors, treatment, prevention, the role of self-help treatment outcome, and the cost-effectiveness of treatment. The unit is designed to take 30-40 minutes, without questions. There are 31 slides. It appears suitable as an overview presentation with a diverse audiences.
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  • The Neurobiology of Ecstasy (MDMA)

    Unit 4 covers the neurobiology of ecstasy, its actions in the brain, acute and chronic effects, with attention to neurotoxicity, impact on serotonin transporters. There are 20 slides.
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  • Bringing the Power of Science to Bear on Drug Abuse and Addiction

    Unit 5 is more elementary than the other units, using analogies such as the brain as "command central." The long term morbidity associated with substance use is emphasized and questions raised as to whether experimentation is worth the risk. There are 24 slides.
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Alcohol Medical Scholars Program

These programs were created by faculty and fellows of the Alcohol Medical Scholars Program, located at the Medical School of the University of California at San Diego. The Scholars Program promotes medical education on alcohol disorders and other substance abuse-related problems. Each of the units includes a powerpoint presentation and an accompanying lecture outline, notes, and references. Review the outline before reviewing the presentation. There are also several units to assist faculty in preparing lectures and using electronic media.



  • Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatment of Alcoholism

    by Marc A. Schuckit, MD
    This introductory unit is directed to health care workers. It is organized into 7 sections that cover: definition; natural history and clinical course; diagnostic criteria; screening process; interventions; treatment process; and etiology. 18 slides.
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  • Comorbidity

    by Marc A. Schuckit, MD
    This presentation addresses the issue of psychiatric comorbidity associated with substance use disorders, with special attention to the diagnostic process. The presentation is organized into 7 sections and covers prevalence, diagnosis, specific psychiatric conditions (depression, bi-polar disorders, and Anxiety Disorders) and the role of substance use as self-medication. Data is drawn from the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism. 13 slides.
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  • Screening and Brief Treatment

    by Laura Jean Bierut, MD
    This unit is directed to primary care providers and to assist them to identify "at risk" drinking, I.e. drinking that is associated with increased risk of health problems, but does not involve alcohol dependence. The format of brief interventions, and clinical outcomes are described. 16 slides.
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  • Spirituality in Substance Abuse Treatment

    by Marianne T Guschwan, MD
    This unit addresses the role of spirituality, beginning with definitions, impact on health, the importance to patients and clinicians, the role in substance abuse treatment, and research on the role of spirituality in Alcoholics Anonymous. 20 slides.
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  • Substance Use Disorders and the Family

    by Donna L. Londino, MD
    The lecture provides an overview of the family influences on substance use disorders. It is introduced with a brief discussion of the relevance of the topic, followed by a discussion of genetic aspects, family roles in psychological development that may influence use; the family''s responses to alcohol and substance use; and the impact on the family unit of substance abuse problems on the family unit; and concludes with family aspects of treatment. 22 slides.
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  • The Therapeutic Community as Treatment in Substance Use Disorders

    by Laura Pieri, MD
    This unit considers the therapeutic community (TC) in the treatment of drug abuse. It defines the therapeutic community; the philosophy; the perspectives on substance use disorders and the recovery process; the elements of the therapeutic community as well as program design; and covers treatment outcome data. 24 slides.
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  • Suicide Attempts in Alcoholics

    by Ulrich W Preuss, MD
    This unit addresses the relationship of suicide and substance use disorders. It includes discussion of prevalence, epidemiology, and risk factors. Data is then presented on a study using data from the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism, which examines risk factors including demographic factors, family factors, severity of dependence, and the role of psychopathology. 14 slides.
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  • The Relationship between Alcohol Use Disorders and Nicotine Dependence

    by Margaret Rukstalis, MD
    This presentation addresses the relationship between alcohol use disorders and nicotine dependence. It covers epidemiology of both disorders, apparent genetic influences, the levels of co-occurrence, clinical course, morbidity, treatment including cognitive behavioral therapies and pharmacologic interventions, and treatment outcome. 31 slides
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  • Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders

    by Eric B. Raimo, MD
    This presentation provides an overview of medical consequences associated with substance use. It is organized by drug class, and then by body system, both acutely and as the result of chronic use. 22 slides. Note: There are a number of graphics and downloading the unit may take extra time.
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  • Genetics of Alcoholism

    by Marc Schuckit, MD and John Crabbe, PhD
    This unit examines the way different genetically influenced characteristics increase and decrease the risk of alcoholism. It reviews the types of research, i.e. family, twin, and adoption studies. Among the characteristics impacting on risk and which are discussed include risk-related genes (e.g., ALDH2-2) and broader phenotypes which reflect, at least in part, other risk-related genes. Examples that are addressed include alcohol metabolizing enzymes; disinhibition (or impulsiveness/ ASPD/ low P3 amplitude/etc.); a low level of intensity of response to alcohol; independent psychiatric disorders such as manic depressive disease and schizophrenia; the opioid system; functioning of many different neurotransmitter systems. 31 slides.
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  • Level of Response to Alcohol

    by Marc Schuckit, MD
    This unit examines the phenomenon of level to response to alcohol as a marker for genetic risk. It also considers level of response in light of other factors associated with increased risk of alcoholism. Data is drawn from the Collaborative Study of Genetics of Alcoholism. 34 slides
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  • Medications in the Treatment of Alcoholism

    by Vania Modesto-Lowe, MD
    Medication has long been used in the management of alcohol withdrawal. Use of medications as part of treatment and rehabilitation has been more controversial. This unit reviews the medications that have been used -disulfiram, opiate antagonists, and acamporsate (structurally similar to neurotransmitter mediators.) It considers the indications for use, neurobiology, metabolism, and treatment outcome data. 22 slides.
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  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    by Lauren Williams, MD
    This unit provides an overview of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, abnormalities in the newborn that are attributable to material alcohol use. The presentation reviews the recent "discovery" of the snydrome; the features and associated signs; the diagnostic criteria; pathogenesis; epidemiology; risk factors; clinical course with discussion of secondary disabilities; intervention; and prevention. 24 slides.
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  • Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Alcohol

    by Vijay A Ramchandani, PhD
    This unit is organized in two partsx. The first part of the unit reviews the pharmacokinetics of alcohol - aspects of absorption, distribution and metabolism - and highlights the factors contributing to the large variability in alcohol pharmacokinetics. The second part reviews the pharmacodynamics of alcohol, focusing on the CNS effects, tolerance, why alcohol is an addictive substance, and the neurotransmitter systems it affects. 21 slides.
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  • Substance Use Disorders in African-Americans

    by Jean-Joel Villier, MD
    This unit reviews the pattern of alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use among African-Americans. In general, accross-the-board, African-American use tends to be lower than that for other racial/ethnic groups. It is noted that blacks may differ significantly from other groups, making comparisons difficult. In addition to current and recent use patterns, historical data is also presented. Risk factors unique to African Americans are noted. 20 slides.
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  • Substance Use in Athletes

    by Woodburne O Levy, MD
    This unit considers the nature and extent of substance use among athletes. The types of drugs used range from therapeutic and performance enhancing drugs to typical drugs of misuse. The historical use of drugs in relation to athletics is considered, as well as the more recent use. Factors influencing use are reviewed. There is a review of the substances in each of the major drug classes along with their consequences and associated mythology. The unit also covers drug testing, and treatment initiatives. 34 slides.
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  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in Gay and Lesbian Populations

    by Marty H Hoiness, MD
    This unit addresses substance use disorders in gays and lesbians. It covers prevelence, psychological and societal factors that may increase risk. It is noted that there are few programs targeted to this population and that gays and lesbians clients in mainstream programs are unlikely to disclose their sexual orientation, and are unlikely to be asked. The special risks related to to HIV/AIDs are noted. 13 slides.
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  • Substance Use Disorders in the Geriatric Patient

    by Steven H Madonick, MD
    Substance use problems in the elderly too often go unrecognized. The unit reviews epidemiology, morbidity, substance use disorders most common in the elderly, diagnostic considerations, and treatment considerations. 30 slides.
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  • Personality Disorders

    by Marc Schuckit, MD
    This unit begins with definitions and historical approaches to personality disorders. It then reviews the application of diagnostic criteria to personality disorder. It concludes with a brief overview of the different personality disorders, and highlights those with a particular association with substance use disorders. 24 slides.
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  • Substance Use Disorders in Physicians

    by Christopher J Welsh, MD
    This unit is directed to discussing substance use in the health professions. It begins with epidemiology and also considers some historical examples. Data is summarized from studies of physicians, health care professionals, medical students, residents, by medical specialty. There is a presentation of the natural history and patterns of substance abuse, and discussion of predisposing factors, including attention to common myths. Warning signs, interventions, treatment, and treatment outcome are discussed. 32 slides.
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  • Substance Use Disorders among those with Schizophrenia

    by Evaristo O Akerele, MD
    This unit, directed to healthcare practitioners, addresses substance use and substance use disorders among those with schizophrenia. It covers prevalence, consequences of use, etiology, and interventions. 24 slides.
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  • Special Populations: Youth and Women

    by Susan F Tapert, PhD
    This unit addresses two special populations: women and youth, those from age 12-18, and those under age 21. It covers epidemiology, risk factors, assessment, treatment, and treatment outcome. 24 slides.
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  • How to Give a Lecture

    by Marianne Guschwan MD and Susan Tapert, PhD
    This unit provides very basic and useful pointers for preparing and delivering a lecture. The unit is divided into three major sections: preparation, delivery, and the use of audio-visual materials. 18 slides.
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  • Using PowerPoint

    by Susan Tapert, PhD
    Excellent presentation of the basics in creating powerpoint presentation. Covers everything from selecting font, color, capitalization, and maximum content per slide. 29 slides.
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  • How to Organize a Paper or PowerPoint Presentation

    by Jean-Joel Villier MD, and Susan Tapert, PhD
    This unit provides a model for organizing a paper or powerpoint presentation. It addresses literature review, taking notes, creating an outline, developing a draft, references. 16 slides.
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Coming Soon:

  • Alcohol as Depicted through Art
  • Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Toxicology of the Alcohols
  • Alcohol Use and its Medical Consequences
  • Alcohol Use, Abuse, and Dependence
  • Pregnancy and the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Alcohol and the Liver
  • Alcohol and Alimentary Tract and Pancreas
  • Alcohol and the Hematopoietic System
  • Endocrine and Metabolic Effects of Alcohol
  • Neurological Complications of Alcohol Abuse