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Addiction Research Unit

Department of Psychology/University at Buffalo


Drug Addiction
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Unit 1: Background


Reading Assignment/Online Materials

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Unit 1a: The Problem of Addiction

Chapter 1

Unit 1b: Case Studies


Unit 1c: Concepts & Definitions

Chapter 2

Unit 1d: Demographics & Epidemiological Considerations

Chapter 3

Unit 1e: Historical Perspective

Introductory material from Chapters 8 & 9 

Before Prohibition: Images from 
the Preprohibition Era




Unit 2: Drug Action & Classification


Reading Assignment/Online Materials

Unit 2a: Psychopharmacology Review

Chapter 4

Unit 2b: Classification Schemes

Drug Classification and Illicit Drug Index




Unit 3: Scientific Study of Addiction


Reading Assignment/Online Materials

Unit 3a: Theories of Addiction

Chapter 5

Unit 3b: Methods of Studying Drug Reinforcement

Chapter 6

Virtual Lab Tours 

Unit 3c: Addiction as a Motivational Process

Chapter 7

 Bozarth (ed., 1987): Methods of Assessing the Reinforcing Properties of Abused Drugs




Unit 4: Biological Basis of Addiction


Reading Assignment/Online Materials

Unit 4a: Neurobiology of Brain Reward Systems

Chapter 8

Biological Mechanisms of Addiction

Bozarth (1994): Pleasure Systems in the Brain

Unit 4b: Psychomotor Stimulants

Chapter 9 

Bozarth & Wise (1985): Toxicity associated with long-term intravenous heroin and cocaine self-administration in
the rat

Bozarth (1989): New Perspectives on Cocaine Addiction

Unit 4c: Opioids

Chapter 10 

Bozarth & Wise (1982): Localization of the Reward-Relevant Opiate Receptors

Bozarth & Wise (1984): Anatomically Distinct Opiate Receptor Fields Mediate Reward and Physical Dependence

Bozarth & Wise (1986): Involvement of the Ventral Tegmental Dopamine System in Opioid and Psychomotor Stimulant Reward

Bozarth (1994): Opiate Reinforcement Processes: Reassembling Multiple Mechanisms

Unit 4e: Factors Modulating Addiction

Chapter 11 

Bozarth (2000): Reward Mechanisms in Normal and Pathological Behavior –The Dopamine Link as a Target for Therapeutic Intervention




Unit 5: Integrative Aspects & Advanced Topics


Reading Assignment/Online Materials

Unit 5a: A Psychobiological Model of Addiction

Chapter 12

Unit 5b: Other Illicit Drugs

Chapter 13

Unit 5b: Addiction to Commonly Used Substances?

Chapter 14 (The DSM-IV & Sasha Addiction)

Unit 5c: Non-Chemical Addictions?

Chapter 15

Unit 5d: Treatment Considerations

Chapters 16 & 17

Unit 5e: Harm-Reduction Strategies

Chapter 18

Unit 5f: The Politics of Addiction

Chapters 19 & 20




Supplementary Materials

The Internet

An introduction to Internet surfing

Psychomotor Stimulants

cocaine self-administration
Part-1 (PDF, 6 slides/page)
Part-2 (PDF, 6 slides/page)
Part-3 (PDF, 6 slides/page)


When Rationality Fails –Modern Theories of Addiction

Reward Mechanisms in Normal and Pathological Behavior –The Dopamine Link as a Target for Therapeutic Intervention


Harm Reduction


Links to other Internet resources

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