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ADC205 Intro to Substance Abuse

Lead Faculty: Dr Donald R. Posson

Course Description

Focus on the definitions and diagnostic criteria for substance abuse and dependence, theories of etiology, medical and social model approaches, and the use of 12-step programs as adjuncts to treatment. It introduces the twelve core functions of chemical dependency counseling.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the concepts of substance abuse and dependence.
  • Differentiate between Substance Abuse and Dependence.
  • Describe the biological, cognitive- behavioral, social learning, psychodynamic, and family systems theories of etiology.
  • Identify the twelve core functions of chemical dependency counseling.
  • Identify the differences between the medical and social models of treatment.
  • Describe the use of 12-step programs in substance abuse treatment.
  • Identify issues of substance abuse for special populations including ethnic groups, adolescents, women, and dual-diagnosis psychiatric clients.
  • Describe the relapse process in addiction recovery.