The Struggle for Survival: Opioids, Addiction and the Brain

Submission Date: June 2, 2019
Attributing Author: Sam Snodgrass, PHD

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change.
I am changing the things I cannot accept.

Dr. Sam Snodgrass, who lived an active opioid addiction for 22 years, holds a Doctorate in Biopsychology, a NIDA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Pharmacology, and is a past Faculty member of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

He explains, in an easily understandable manner, that opioid addiction is an acquired disease of brain structure and function and that the molecular and cellular changes within the brain are manifested as starvation for these opioids. This starvation results in a fight for survival and is why we do the desperate things we do in our addiction. He also explains why the belief that we are powerless over our addiction is nothing more than a myth.

This presentation was recorded at the Harm Reduction Ohio Conference which provided an open but intimate setting for people with lived experience and family members of those affected by the opioid crisis in Ohio.

English closed captions are available.

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