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A syringe, spoon, lighter, pills and other items associated with drugs and addiction
  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Understanding Drugs and Addiction, is also running in English, starting 7 March 2016. To find out more and enrol, visit the course page.

我们通过个人,朋友和家庭圈子,社区,都接触过成瘾。成瘾和它带来的危害会伤害当事人和他/她身边的人。 然而成瘾是如何形成的?我们如何治疗成瘾?并且如何避免染上瘾症?


在这门免费在线课程中,我们将通过关注相关的环境,基因,个人风险因素,探索成瘾是如何发展的。 我们将检测,当药物进入你身体和大脑的时候发生了什么,你的大脑会有什么变化,和为什么戒掉瘾症的过程那么困难。 你会学到我们如何最好的戒掉瘾症,以及国家层面,跨国层面的政策如何帮助局限瘾症的伤害。


伦敦国王学院是瘾症科学和治疗领域的世界领先者。这门课程的老师们来自大学不同学科领域,他们一起合作了解和应对瘾症。 每星期都有一些世界领先的科学家加入我们。他们会展示一些在神经科学先锋的研究,帮助我们加深对瘾症的了解,和如何最有效的进行诊治。 通过了解瘾症,我们得以对自我控制和选择这类更大的命题有了进一步了解。实际上,我们会对自我有更深的理解。

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds I’m here today with Professor Jiang Du from the Institute of Mental Health at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. This year, we’re doing something really exciting. For the first time, this course is going to be offered to students in China and for Mandarin-speakers in China. The way this will work is that

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds there is a Chinese version of this course: that is, there is a course where we have translated all of the material into Mandarin and our Mandarin-speaking friends can participate in discussion boards in Mandarin. I’m really looking forward to this exciting new development and I’m going to pass you over now to Jiang, who is going to tell us a little bit about her centre. Hello everybody, my name is Jiang Du, from Shanghai Mental Health Center. I am mainly engaged in a number of clinical interventions substance addiction and treatment, as well as relevant teaching. We know that the currently, substance addiction is an important issue we face in China.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds However, it is unfortunate that the general public and some staff in primary health care do not have much understanding or knowledge about substance abuse. Therefore, we need an opportunity to help us improve the relevant knowledge. We have been very fortunate to be able to cooperate with the professors at King’s College London to introduce this online course. We hope through this course, we help to improve knowledge in the population Welcome to our online course. Thank you. Thanks, Jiang. Well, I hope you’ll all agree we have an exciting time ahead. I’d like to welcome our colleagues in China, I’d like to welcome the learners in China, but most of all I’d like to welcome everyone to the course.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds That’s our “Welcomes” done with. Let’s get stuck into it!

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Dr Kyle Dyer is Director of Distance Learning at the IoPPN, Kings College London and studies the acute effects of drugs of abuse. 'Follow' to see my comments in your activity feed and twitter @MahliD

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King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

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