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Welcome to week two

Welcome to week two of Understanding Addiction. We hope you enjoyed week one.
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Welcome to week two of Understanding Addiction. I do hope you enjoyed week one. Last week, we learned that consuming drugs, particularly alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, is a major cause of preventable health and social harms. And while governments and mainstream media often focus their attention on illicit drugs, we learned that it’s actually alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs that are causing most harm. This week, we’ll look at the basic definition of addiction. We’ll uncover some basic knowledge about the physiological and psychological aspects of addiction, and explore the concept of tolerance and withdrawal, both very different concepts. We’re going to try and answer the following question. When we say that a person has an addiction, what do we really mean?
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This will set you up with good basic knowledge and understanding of addiction before we move into exploring some of the dominant models and theories of addiction next week. So I do hope you enjoy this week.

Welcome to week two of Understanding Addiction. We hope you enjoyed week one.

In week one, you met the course author and your fellow learners. We also looked at recent trends in drug use nationally (in Australia) and internationally; while exploring related harms and impacts on the individual and the community.

This week we are going to establish an understanding of what an addiction is. We are going to attempt to answer the following question:

When we say that a person has a substance addiction, what do we really mean?
Then in week three, we will take a deep dive into the complex science of addiction used to inform prevention and treatment responses.

Discussion Point

Addiction is a complex concept. Before we continue, take 5 minutes to do some research and share your understanding of what constitutes an addiction in the discussion forum below.
Note: There is no clear consensus on a definition of addiction, so you won’t be incorrect.
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