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Course 413 - Drugs of Abuse

$700.00
SKU: CVC 413

Course 413 - Drugs of Abuse (3 credits)

How to identify the most commonly abused drugs, recognize patterns of use and develop approaches for treatment.

(This course serves as an overview of the chemicals that are commonly being abused in our current society. It will address the classes of drug and the effect of each class of drug. It will discuss the common methods of administration, the speed of transmission to the brain and the neurological impact on the brain. There will also be a brief look at the treatment continuum of care.)

Professor: Richard Nongard

Week One

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • To introduce the student to the content and purpose of this course
  • To give the student an opportunity to become acquainted with the instructor and other students who are involved in this course
  • To get a brief overview of drugs of abuse

Week Two

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Learn and understand the parts of the brain and brain function
  • Understand the workings of neurons and neurotransmitters
  • Introduction to the way chemicals affect brain functions

Week Three

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Learn the mechanism of psychoactive drugs that disrupt the thought process.
  • Understand the concept of tolerance and withdrawal.
  • Gain an understanding of metabolism and how lifestyle affects metabolism.

Week Four

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Consider the cause of addiction.
  • Examine seven theories of addiction.
  • Learn to use the compulsion curve to evaluate a client’s risk for use or relapse.

Week Five

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Develop an understanding of the five drug schedules.
  • Understand how these schedules indicate the severity of abusing certain drugs.

Week Six

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • To develop an understanding of the chemical reactions of stimulants in the brain
  • To identify which drugs are considered to be stimulants
  • To understand the tolerance, withdrawal, origin and common names of each type of stimulant
  • To develop a useful electronic folder to include stimulants that can provide an easy access resource on drugs of abuse

Week Seven

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • To develop and understanding of the chemical reactions of Depressants in the brain
  • To identify which drugs are considered to be Depressants
  • To understand the tolerance, withdrawal, origin and common names of each type of Depressants
  • To develop a useful electronic folder including depressants that can provide an easy access resource on drugs of abuse

Week Eight

Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • To identify which drugs are considered to be hallucinogens, club drugs or sports drugs
  • To understand the tolerance, withdrawal, origin and common names of each type of hallucinogens, club drugs or sports drugs
  • To develop a useful electronic folder including hallucinogens, club drugs or sports drugs that can provide an easy access resource on drugs of abuse
  • To give a brief overview of treatment options
  • To give a brief look at treatment planning
  • To provide understanding of how the drug of choice affects both treatment settings and treatment planning

Estimated Course Materials & Tuition:

Tuition $700.00

Required Textbooks:

Stephens, P. & Smith, R.
(2008). Substance abuse counseling. 5th Edition. Columbus: Merrill Prentice Hall; 2013. 
ISBN: 978-0132615648  $70.83

Street Drugs 2015: An identification Guide, (2015). Plymouth: Publisher Group, LLC. No ISBN. $12.95

(Also available directly from http://www.streetdrugs.org/ for $6.95.)

Supplementary Materials: Article: Lemonick, M., “The Science of Addiction,” Time Magazine, July 16, 2007.

 

Total Cost of Course: (Includes cost of textbooks)
$783.78  

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