Module 6 Discussion
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
This TED Talk introduces the module by trying to reframe the conversation about addiction. Addiction issues encompass many types of behaviors, not just the use of substances.
Successfully completing this activity demonstrates achievement of Module Outcomes 3 and 4.
Watch TED Talk Johann Hari - Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong (Links to an external site.). [Video file, 14:42 mins]. https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong (Links to an external site.)
In your reaction, answer the following:
What are your thoughts on what Johann said in this TED Talk? Do you agree? Disagree? Explain your reasons.
While your textbook focuses on addictions to substances, consider all addictive behaviors. What do you think the withdrawal reaction might be when one suddenly stops taking an antidepressant medication or engaging in an addictive behavior after many years. Explain your decision and include your explanation of what it means to be physically dependent on a drug (as part of this, you should describe the withdrawal process). To illustrate your writing, provide an example from your experiences.
In his presentation, Johann mentions policies surrounding drugs. If you could change those policies related to how we treat drug-addicted individuals, what would be the first thing you would change? In your answer, be sure to describe methods for measuring the rewarding effects of drugs and why the information you're sharing is important for your policy recommendations.
Consult Discussion Criteria and the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. This is a “post first” discussion forum. You must submit your initial post before you can view other students’ posts.
Remember to properly cite and reference your sources in APA format!
This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 35% of your final course grade.
Keep the following points in mind when working in the discussion forums:
Postings should display originality in thought and insightful synthesis.
Postings should demonstrate understanding of key concepts.
Responses should be original and stimulate discussion.