bshs455 | undergraduate

Working With Addictions

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This course introduces students to the biology of addiction, including brain reward mechanisms, the role of environment and genetics, psychodynamics, and the impact of addiction on individuals, families, and communities. The roles of addiction in society in relationship to the judicial system, treatment systems, progressive era reforms, and complications of dual diagnosis are emphasized in the course. The course examines major models of conceptualizing and integrating prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and maintenance/relapse prevention. Students will learn strategies for accessing supportive measures and case management processes for developing wrap-around action plans for service delivery to individuals and groups with addiction- and chemical-dependence-related issues.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Prevention and Controversy Related to Addiction and the Role of Human Service Workers in Service Delivery

    • Identify the role of human service workers to deliver information and guidance to addicts and their families.
    • Analyze ways human service workers can advocate for various levels of victims of the drug culture.
    • Describe how prevention strategies can be used to reduce abuse and addiction in US society.
    • Discuss the pros and cons of the current legal interventions involved with drugs.

    The Influence of Addiction on Individuals, Families, and Communities

    • Examine the consequences of addiction on communities.
    • Describe the influence of addiction on individuals.
    • Trace the outcomes of addiction on families.

    The Etiology of Addiction

    • Describe how substance use affects the brain and body chemistry.
    • Identify the physical and psychological influences of various substances.
    • Compare the different models of conceptualizing addiction.

    The Impact of Addiction on Specialized Populations

    • Explain the unique challenges related to addiction faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations.
    • Determine the factors that must be considered when working with various ethnic populations with addiction issues.
    • Analyze the unique challenges when working with elderly adults who have addiction issues.
    • Examine the complications of dual diagnosis.

    Overview of Assessment, Treatment, and Recovery of Addiction

    • Describe techniques for assessing addiction, including differences that may be needed for specialized populations.
    • Explain treatment interventions for addiction.
    • Determine significant treatment factors for specialized populations beyond generalized interventions.
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