This program tells the poignant story of one man's addiction to alcohol and
explains the process of addiction in the brain. It shows how a person
starts abusing a drug to alter a mood or avoid a thought or situation.
With continued drug use, the brain's pleasure circuit is activated and
behaves as if the drug is important for survival. The program explores how
the family of the alcoholic is devastated by his behavior and the typical
role of "enabler" which family members too often play. The program follows
the alcoholic thorugh a treatment program as he learns the causes of his
addiction and how to keep his alcoholism under control through absention.
Lake Superior State University
Tied with: Eastern Michigan University
Lawrence Technological University
Western Michigan University
Other participants included: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ferris State University
2000 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Region 6 Conference