Free webcast to help people understand addiction


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:46 am on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

STANTON — A free webcast will be presented on Thursday to help people understand addiction and why it might consume so many people.

“The Origins of Addiction,” will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mid-Michigan District Health Department in Stanton in rooms A and B.

Through the webcast, people will learn how the brain has evolved to adapt to life changes, how the brain is fragile but built to protect itself and how addiction changes the brain.

The webcast is being presented by Drug Free Montcalm (DFM) — a collaborative of substance and abuse prevention coalitions.

According to Amy Buckingham, DFM coalition coordinator, the idea for the webcast started off as a small group, but as more people became interested, the group decided to invite anyone who is interested.

“(The webcast) will present a science to us to help us understand how someone gets addicted to substances,” Buckingham said. “I think it is going to teach us that it is pretty tricky and pretty hard to stop an addiction.”

Anyone interested in learning how the brain influences addiction is welcome to join in on the webcast.

“Friends and families will gain an understanding about why addicts cannot control what is happening inside their brains, thereby influencing their behavior,” said a press release on the event.

For more information, contact Buckingham at (989) 831-4591.

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