Drugs and Addiction

Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

Students will obtain insight in the neurobiological, clinical and
societal aspects of drug addiction and critically
discuss and evaluate a current hot topic in addiction

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How does the brain respond to drugs? Why do people become addicted? And
how does addiction impact your life?
Addiction is the most widely occurring psychiatric disorder, which
continues to extract enormous human and financial costs on our western
society. The central feature of drug addiction is compulsive drug use,
i.e. loss of control over apparently voluntary acts of drug seeking and
drug taking. Currently, the leading view on addiction is that repeated
drug consumption by vulnerable individuals (genotype) causes compulsive
drug-seeking behaviour (phenotype) due to long-lasting neurobiological
changes in the brain. Unfortunately, available treatments are as yet
inadequate for most people and the risk of relapse
to active drug use remains very high (80-90%), even after extended
periods of abstinence. Against this background, the course will allow
students to become familiar with the epidemiology, psychology,
neurobiology, psychopharmacology and therapy of addiction with
a focus on drug addiction as well as compulsive gambling. Political and
societal aspects
of addictive behaviour will also be addressed. Visits to treatment
centers are part of the course.


Lectures, workshops, site-visits and self-tuition


Individual essay which accounts for 70% of final mark and written mid-
term exam which accounts for 30% of final mark.


Primary literature: links to scientific papers will be provided in


3rd year bachelor Health Sciences and related bachelor programmes

Overige informatie

Course coordinators:
Dr. L. Diergaarde, department of Anatomy and Neurosciences,
VU university medical center
Dr. T. Pattij, department of Anatomy and Neurosciences, VU university
medical center
Various teachers from within our university and guest lecturers from
other universities and institutes will provide lectures in the course.

Dit vak is onderdeel van een minor en heeft een maximaal aantal
deelnemers. Studenten die de hele minor doen, hebben voorrang.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

Due to limited number of places available for the site-visits to treatment centers, preregistration for participation in the site-visits may be required. Information for this registration procedure will be posted on Canvas.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Basic neuroscience knowledge

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1032
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. T. Pattij
Examinator dr. T. Pattij
Docenten dr. T. Pattij
dr. L. Diergaarde

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