Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main classes of drugs.
  • Describe the effects of each class of drugs on the nervous system.
  • Predict how different drugs will affect behavior, based on the neural systems on which those drugs act.
  • Illustrate how the brain changes during addiction.
  • Discuss the role of learning in overdose and addiction.
  • Explain how pharmacology can be used to treat addiction.
  • Contrast the environmental and hereditary influences on addiction.