skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 170950 Find in a Library
Title: Close to Home: The Hijacked Brain
Author(s): B Moyers
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Films for the Humanities, Inc
Princeton, NJ 08543
Mutual of America Life Insurance Company

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
Sale Source: Films for the Humanities, Inc
Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video focuses on the processes and findings of research that has examined the effects and changes in the brain caused by addictive drugs; drug addicts also describe the effects of drugs and addiction from their own perspectives.
Abstract: The video shows images of a cocaine user's brain as the drug takes effect, and a doctor explains how these brain scans reveal addiction as a chronic relapsing brain disease. The discussion focuses on dopamine as a neuro-transmitter in the brain whose activation by drugs increases the drug user's sense of well-being and emotional contentment. Continued drug use, however, depletes dopamine, such that the desired effects of the drug are reduced as drug use continues. The operation of the brain is thus changed under an addictive use of drugs. Continued use of the drug is necessary even to perform the basic functions of living. Addicts who are interviewed comment on the difficulty of stopping drug use and the tendency to relapse after stopping use during and after treatment. A researcher advises that the brain may be irreversibly changed in the addict, such that the addict believes and feels that life cannot be lived satisfactorily without the drug of addiction. The video also examines research designed to determine why some drug users become addicted and others do not; the focus is on genetic differences in the brains of drug users who are addicts and those who are not. For other videos in the series, see NCJ-170948-49 and NCJ-170951-52.
Main Term(s): Drug effects
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug abuse causes; Drug information; Drug research
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. DCC; color VHS video, 57 mins; from the series "Moyers on Addiction."
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.