Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that affects many areas of the central nervous system and causes dramatic changes in the brain. To learn more about how Meth alters the brain and, consequently, behavior—click on the video to the left.
The Meth Project supported a groundbreaking video on the effects of methamphetamine on the brain. "Brain & Behavior" explores the biological basis of addiction and the latest Meth research.
Presented by UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, a leading research institution on the topic of methamphetamine and Eyes of the World Media Group, this research-based series presents the most up-to-date information in a compelling and easy-to-understand format. Meth Inside Out emphasizes the human impact of addiction by sharing personal stories of addicts and their families. Shot in high definition with state-of-the-art graphics, viewers get an inside view into a brain on Meth.
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Meth Inside Out: Brain and Behavior
Using 3D animations, accessible explanations,
and personal accounts, this video helps viewers explore Meth's effect on the brain.
METH CHANGES THE BRAIN
Dopamine is the brain chemical that allows us to feel pleasure. Meth unnaturally raises dopamine levels to more than 10 times the amount caused by life's normal pleasures, including eating and having sex.
In stimulating this dopamine release, Meth creates an intense rush of pleasure. This powerful rewarding effect is a major part of the biology of Meth addiction.
Source: The National Institute on Drug Abuse