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August 6, 2018
Amy Janes

Dr. Amy Janes, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, provides a general introduction to the brain networks affected by substance abuse disorders. The following questions are addressed:

  • What is addiction?
  • What is the reward circuit in the brain, and how is it affected by addiction?
  • What are the underlying brain mechanisms involved in tolerance, withdrawal, and the cycle of substance abuse?
  • How does the brain change with repeated substance abuse?

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May 16, 2017

Chronic substance use and mental health disorders are common problems for individuals in the criminal justice system. Alone or together, and sometimes in conjunction with other risk factors, these disorders can drive behavior that results in violation of supervision conditions or even in new criminal conduct. To deal with these problems, probation and pretrial offices services offices in the nation’s 94 U.S. district courts maintain contracts with treatment providers. Sometimes these offices can also supplement contract services with community-based treatment.

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