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Addictions Old and New: Edited Videos

Douglas Southall Freeman Conference
October 22-23, 2015
University of Richmond

Researchers have applied the concept of addiction to activities like eating and Internet gaming and viewing pornography, as well as to traditional practices like smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol and taking psychoactive drugs.

In October 2015 experts from different disciplines met at the University of Richmond to discuss the development of “new” addictions as well as new variations on “old” addictions, such as nicotine vaping, liberalized prescription laws, and digitized gambling machines. They described how technological, policy, and commercial innovations have increased the variety, amount, and severity of addictive behavior and debated the extent to which addictive behaviors share common social and biological features.

Each presentation is available for separate viewing. The conference highlights section provides a brief summary and preview of the talks.

David Courtwright, Hugh West, and Debbie Govoruhk organized the conference, with promotional assistance from Jessica Pittman. Mark Kwolek filmed and edited the videos. Andrea Almoite designed the website.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Address: What is Addiction and What do Addictions have in Common?

Charles O'Brien

Speaker: Charles O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Sessions and Presentations

Food, Drink, and Addiction


David Courtwright

David Courtwright, Ph.D., Presidential Professor, University of North Florida; Douglas Southall Freeman Professor, University of Richmond
Food as a Drug: How Good is the Analogy?

Virginia Berridge

Virginia Berridge, Ph.D., director, Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Whatever Happened to Alcoholism?

Prescription Medication, Opioids, and the Heroin Revival


David Herzberg

David Herzberg, Ph.D., associate professor of history, University of Buffalo
Uppers and Downers: Past and Present Abuse of Stimulants and Sedatives

Andrew Kolodny

Andrew Kolodny, M.D., chief medical officer, Phoenix House
The Prescription Opioid Epidemic and the Heroin Revival

Digital Technologies and Behavioral Addictions


Natasha Schull

Natasha Dow Schüll, Ph.D., associate professor of science, technology, and society, MIT
Addiction by Design: From Slot Machines to Candy Crush

Robert Weiss

Robert Weiss, M.S.W., founding director, The Sexual Recovery Institute
Hyperstimulation and Digital Media: Sex and Tech Addictions

New Nicotine Products and New Marijuana Laws


Robert Balster

Robert Balster, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and toxicology, VCU Medical Center
Old Drug in a New Container? Nicotine Addiction, Harm Reduction, and E-Cigarettes

Mark Kleiman

Mark A.R. Kleiman, Ph.D., professor of public policy, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University
Cannabis Use Disorder is Not a Brain Disease, and It Does Not Matter Anyway—Science and Policy in the Legalization Debate

Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: David Leary, Ph.D., University Professor, University of Richmond