The Neuroscience of Substance Use Disorder and the Gift of Hope
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion with Nancy Espuche, speaker, author,mother, and advocate on substance use disorder, and Mark
Thomas, University of Minnesota’s Professor of neuroscience and director of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction, as they
discuss the effects of drugs of abuse following repeated exposure and Nancy Espuche's book Kardboard House, a memoir
to give voice to the loving, tender, and often difficult exchanges between her son Lucas and herself during his years of opioid addiction.
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Nancy Espuche is a speaker, author, mother, and advocate on substance use disorder. She brings to light the
voice of her beloved son Lucas, his strain, struggle and ultimate death--and the impact on those living with a loved one's
substance use. In her recent memoir, KardBoard House: My Life-Altering Journey Through Lucas' Addiction, Espuche
offers the reader a personal view, through Lucas' and her letters to one another, about 1) the power of addiction, 2) the
complexity of the human condition, and the reminder, despite all the love, that 3) no one can chart the course of another's life no matter
how hard they try.
Mark Thomas is a professor of neuroscience and director of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction, a new research program
funded by the state legislature to fuel cross-disciplinary collaborations and discover new treatment options. His research examines how
addictive drugs alter the brain and how these changes can lead to compulsive drug use. His lab is now focusing on ways to disrupt
**This event will be held in person at Alliance Française. The event will be limited to 200 people. Measures will be taken for your safety.
Masks are required inside the building. Safe social distancing practices will be followed in accordance with the Minnesota Department of