Drugs, Addiction, and the Brain

Wednesday December 2, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

When drugs are taken repeatedly their effects often change. Most people are aware that some effects get smaller and smaller – a phenomenon known as tolerance. However, the repeated use of drugs of abuse can also lead to a very different kind of change; some drug effects get bigger and bigger – a phenomenon known as sensitization. Brain regions that are normally involved in regulating motivated behavior are among those that can undergo sensitization, and as these brain systems become hypersensitive this can lead to a pathological increase in the desire (motivation) to take drugs. In this talk, Dr. Terry E. Robinson will focus on the ways drug abuse can change the brain, how this influences behavioral and psychological function, and how such changes may contribute to the transition from mere drug use to addiction.

Dr. Terry E. Robinson is the Elliot S. Valenstein Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the U-M Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and is known internationally for his research concerning the persistent behavioral and neurobiological consequences of repeated psychostimulant drug use, and the implications of these for addiction and relapse.

This program is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Opportunities for Veterans: A Look at Housing, Employment and Your Rights

Tuesday February 9, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for an informational panel discussion about resources for veterans and their families in Washtenaw County. Particular focus will be on housing, community re-integration, employment opportunities and supportive services.

Rebecca Rowland, M.S.W, Michigan Ability Partners. Rebecca is the Vocational Team Leader for MAP, and Co-Chair of the Hire MI Vet community initiative.

Heather Popkey, B.S.W, Michigan Ability Partners. Heather is a Veterans Services Case Manager, and administers the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program in Washtenaw County.

Sterling Meeuwen, works in Ypsilanti and is a current student at Eastern Michigan University majoring in History and Philosophy. Sterling was stationed at Fort Benning, GA as an infantryman of the United States Army from 1999-2003, serving as a combat engineer in the Republic of Korea.

Derrick Miller, Deputy Director for Community Action Network. Derrick is a 6 year Veteran of the Marine Corps, and has extensive experience working with low-income clients and service providers in the Ann Arbor area.

Peter C. Clark, Esq. Peter is a former federal prosecutor and US Army JAG attorney, and Ann Arbor native. Currently Peter works with clients to cover a wide variety of estate planning needs

Martina Wells, LCSW, LCAS- Transition & Care Management (TCM) Team Program Manager, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Martina oversees the TCM program which is committed to helping Post 9/11 and OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with a seamless transition to civilian life and accessing the VA Healthcare system. Martina is also an Air Force Reservist.