Lesson Plans

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Created by : 
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)

The high school curriculum offers research-based information on various aspects of drug abuse and addiction, including neurobiology, behavioral components, and treatment.The five-lesson curriculum focuses on the science of how drugs affect the brain and features a video with interviews by leading scientists in the area of drug abuse research, treatment experts, and recovering drug addicts and animations to illustrate the effects of drugs.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 5-lesson high school biology curriculum
  • Interactive CD-ROM

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding of scientific inquiry
  • Knowledge of the neurobiology of drug abuse
  • Knowledge of the health effects and social consequences of drug abuse

Time / Duration: 

  • 5 - 9 class periods


  • Printer/Copier for handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards


  • English