The Addicted Brain: the Neuroscience of Drugs


Since September is Disease Literacy Month, as well as Suicide Preventation and Awareness Month and Self-Care Awareness Month, Rutgers BRAIN wanted to talk about the neuroscience of drugs.

The e-board members began by defining what drug addiction is to our BRAINers, following with signs of it manifesting. Afterwards, we talked about different types of drugs with examples of those drugs, how they work, how common and addictive they can be, and their withdrawal symptoms. The drugs we discussed are the following: caffeine, alcohol, opioids, hallucinogens, antidepressants, cannabis, and nicotine.

To end the meeting, the Rutgers BRAIN organized an activity that allowed us to create breakout rooms for our BRAINers to team up together and answer questions relating to our theme. In addition, we expressed a couple of opportunities to get involved with our organization. The first opportunity we provided is a Student Spotlight form, more information linked to the powerpoint here. Following, we reminded members to take advantage of the forums option on our website; it'd make the webmaster's (me) day for you to contribute. Lastly, Rutgers Brain has a tabling opportunity for Mental Illness Awareness Week.

If you missed out on this meeting, click the image below to view the PowerPoint presentation. For updates on our future meetings and events at Rutgers BRAIN, be sure to follow us at our Instagram, @rutgers_brain, and our Facebook, Rutgers BRAIN.

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