Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Dependency > Chapter 1 - Introduction

Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Dependency

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
15 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price: $75


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  • The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors # 6412
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
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  • The California Associations of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) #CP40 977 H 0425

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CE Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide education for the healthcare professional to assess and treat substance abuse. In addition, this course will address the trends in adolescent substance abuse, which often serves as a precursor to adult substance abuse. The course also helps familiarize the professional with the current trends of substance abuse, what drugs are currently in more popular use and by what population.How these substances are ingested, their effects, and propensity to be addictive will also be addressed.

This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (909) 628-4216.

CE Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the different categories of illicit drugs and their effects.
  • Summarize the current trends of substance abuse
  • Identify the contributors to adolescent substance abuse.
  • Assess substance abuse and addiction using DSM criteria.
  • Apply treatment principles and models for substance abuse.

CE Course Outline

Target Audiences:  A Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Nurses
Content level: A Intermediate

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

    What is Drug Addiction
    Principles of Effective Treatment
    How Are Medications Used in Drug Addiction Treatment?
    How Are Behavioral Therapies Used to Treat Drug Addiction?
    Is Treatment Different for Criminal Justice Population?

    • Addiction and Health
    • Preventing Drug Misuse and Addiction: The Best Strategy

  • Chapter 2: Health Effects of Specific Drugs
    • Anabolic Steroids
    • Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products?
    • Cocaine
    • Fentanyl
    • Hallucinogens
    • Heroin
    • Inhalants
    • Kratom
    • Marijuana
    • Marijuana Medicine
    • MDMA (Ecstacy/Molly)
    • Methamphetamine
    • Over-the-counter Medicines
    • Prescription CNS Depressants
    • Prescription Opioids
    • Prescription Stimulants
    • Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice)
    • Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts)
    • Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes)

  • Chapter 3: Effects of Drug Use
    • Comorbidity: Substance Use Disorders and Other Mental Illnesses
    • Drug Use and Viral Infections (HIV, Hepatitis)
    • Drug-Driving
    • Understanding Drug Use and Addiction

  • Chapter 4: Prevention and Treatment
    • Lessons from Prevention Research
    • Substance Use and Military Life
    • Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

  • Chapter 5: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
    • Introduction to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
    • Key Messages
    • Overview of Medications for OUD
    • Duration of Treatment With OUD Medication
    • Treatment Settings
    • Scope of the Problem
    • Screening
    • Assessment
    • Treatment Planning or Referral
    • Overview of Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder
    • Partnering Addiction Treatment Counselors With Clients and Healthcare Professionals

Course Development

Course topics are chosen based on various board requirements and professionals needs. Licensed professionals oversee, compile and develop course materials, posttest, and other course materials, determine the level of difficulty, and ensure course content is appropriate. The course developer bio is available here.

Course Update February 2020

Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Dependency > Chapter 1 - Introduction
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