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Multiple Paths to Addiction: An Interview With Mark L. Willenbring, M.D. (Chapters 1 - 3); and Topiramate: A Clinical Trial for Alcoholism (Chapters 1 - 4): From the HBO Video Series "Addiction"

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This course is based on two films from the HBO Video Series “Addiction.” **Separate links are provided for each of the two films.*

In An Interview With Mark L. Willenbring, M.D.,
the Director of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) discusses the different factors that can lead to alcoholism, including genetics and psychiatric disorders. Additionally, new FDA-approved medications that may help reduce the risk of relapse are discussed.

In Topiramate: A Clinical Trial for Alcoholism, a medication called topiramate is being tested at the CARE Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. The video focuses on two test subjects who have turned to the drug as a way to combat chronic alcoholism.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Multiple Paths to Addiction: An Interview With Mark L. Willenbring, M.D. (Chapters 1 – 3); and Topiramate: A Clinical Trial for Alcoholism (Chapters 1 – 4): From the HBO Video Series “Addiction” created by Sheila Nevins (producer)


Home Box Office, in association with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

March 2007

Course Material Author

Sheila Nevins (producer)

Sheila Nevins is President of Documentary and Family Programming for HBO and Cinemax. She earned a bachelor of the arts degree from Barnard College and a master of fine arts degree from Yale University. Nevins has overseen production of nearly 500 documentaries, earning 9 Oscars, 13 Primetime Emmys, 10 Academy Awards, 22 News and Documentary Emmys, and 18 George Foster Peabody awards for HBO and one personal George Foster Peabody award.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about paths to alcohol addiction and medications used to treat it. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify and discuss factors that predispose individuals to develop alcoholism.

  2. Describe currently approved medications for alcohol use disorders and their features and mechanisms of action.

  3. Explain what behaviors are and are not suggested for family members of alcoholics.

  4. Discuss topiramate as a potential treatment for alcohol use disorders.

An Interview With Mark L. Willenbring, M.D.

An Interview With Mark L. Willenbring, M.D.

Topiramate: A Clinical Trial for Alcoholism

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Course Retired
Course Number 101740
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