PowerPoint: Addiction 101


Educators should download the PowerPoint file which contains Teacher Talking Points for each slide. 


1. To develop a definition of addiction

2. To discuss addiction physiology and the brain’s response to drugs

3. To address addiction myths

4. To provide information about the (or some) effects of addiction


Materials Needed: Computer, Projector, "Addiction 101" PowerPoint

Handout: None

Video Link(s): Understanding Addiction as a Disease (Wait21)Summary of Addiction PhysiologyHow Addiction Changes Your Brain (CNN)


This PowerPoint provides an overview of the definition of addiction and allows students to discuss and clarify common misconceptions about addiction. Use the Teacher Talking Points to facilitate the PowerPoint.  


Branching Out

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Addiction Kahoot

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