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Addiction Research Unit
Department of Psychology/University at Buffalo

Drug Addiction
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Unit 1: Background
Module Reading Assignment/Online Materials
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Unit 1a: The Problem of Addiction Chapter 1
Unit 1b: Case Studies
Unit 1c: Concepts & Definitions  
Unit 1d: Demographics & Epidemiological Considerations Chapter 2
Unit 1e: Historical Perspective Introductory material from Chapters 8 & 9 

Before Prohibition: Images from 
the preprohibition era

Unit 2: Drug Action & Classification
Module Reading Assignment/Online Materials
Unit 2a: Psychopharmacology Review Chapter 3
Unit 2b: Classification Schemes Drug Classification and Illicit Drug Index
Unit 3: Scientific Study of Addiction
Module Reading Assignment/Online Materials
Unit 3a: Theories of Addiction Chapter 4
Unit 3b: Methods of Studying Drug Reinforcement Chapter 5

Virtual Lab Tours 

Unit 3c: Addiction as a Motivational Process Chapter 6
 Bozarth (ed., 1987): Methods of Assessing the Reinforcing Properties of Abused Drugs
Unit 4: Biological Basis of Addiction
Module Reading Assignment/Online Materials
Unit 4a: Neurobiology of Brain Reward Systems Chapter 7

Biological Mechanisms of Addiction

Bozarth (1994): Pleasure Systems in the Brain

Unit 4b: Psychomotor Stimulants Chapter 8 

Bozarth & Wise (1985): Toxicity associated with long-term intravenous heroin and cocaine self-administration in
the rat

Bozarth (1989): New Perspectives on Cocaine Addiction

Unit 4c: Opioids Chapter 9 

Bozarth & Wise (1982): Localization of the Reward-Relevant Opiate Receptors

Bozarth & Wise (1984): Anatomically Distinct Opiate Receptor Fields Mediate Reward and Physical Dependence

Bozarth & Wise (1986): Involvement of the Ventral Tegmental Dopamine System in Opioid and Psychomotor Stimulant Reward

Bozarth (1994): Opiate Reinforcement Processes: Reassembling Multiple Mechanisms

Unit 4d: Other Drugs Chapter 10
Unit 4e: Factors Modulating Addiction Chapter 11 

Bozarth (2000): Reward Mechanisms in Normal and Pathological Behavior –The Dopamine Link as a Target for Therapeutic Intervention

Unit 5: Integrative Aspects & Advanced Topics
Module Reading Assignment/Online Materials
Unit 5a: A Psychobiological Model of Addiction Chapter 12
Unit 5b: Addiction to Commonly Used Substances? Chapter 13 (The DSM-IV & Sasha Addiction)
Unit 5c: Non-Chemical Addictions? Chapter 14
Unit 5d: Treatment Considerations Chapters 15 & 16
Unit 5e: Harm-Reduction Strategies Chapter 17
Unit 5f: The Politics of Addiction Chapters 18 & 19
Supplementary Materials

The Internet

An introduction to Internet surfing

Psychomotor Stimulants

cocaine self-administration
Part-1 (PDF, 6 slides/page)
Part-2 (PDF, 6 slides/page)
Part-3 (PDF, 6 slides/page)


When Rationality Fails –Modern Theories of Addiction
Reward Mechanisms in Normal and Pathological Behavior –The Dopamine Link as a Target for Therapeutic Intervention
Harm Reduction
Links to other Internet resources

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