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Fall 2021

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HUS113 - Alcohol/Drug Use and Abuse

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the symptoms, physical, pharmacological, psychological, and social effects of addiction as a disease and the impact on society. Covers treatment programs and options. [Note: The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services has reviewed this course and finds that it is consistent with established standards for alcoholism counselor education and training toward the CASAC credential.]

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Identify factors affecting the set and setting of a chemical experience (environment, peer involvement, coping mechanisms, media, marketing, etc.)
2. Discuss the Disease Model of Addiction (tolerance, reverse tolerance, synergism, defense mechanisms, etc.)
3. Differentiate chemical use, misuse, abuse, and addiction according to the diagnostic criteria from the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
4. Identify and describe various routes of administration for drug entry into the body.
5. Identify and describe the role and impact neurotransmitters play in the development of a substance use disorder and relapse.
6. Identify and describe characteristics of a variety of drugs.
7. Describe the range of effects various drugs of abuse have when used or misused (alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, opioids, tobacco, sedative hypnotics, stimulants, hallucinogens, etc.).
8. Discuss the qualifications for credentialing in the field of addiction recovery.
9. Differentiate various theories that help to explain substance use disorder development and recovery
10. Discuss the basic purpose of professional communications in the field (case notes, comprehensive assessment, confidentiality, supervision, etc.).
11. Identify and discuss basic approaches utilized in substance abuse recovery (counseling, groups, self-help, medication, etc.)
12. Describe the impact triggers and cravings have on substance use and relapse.
13. Discuss the ethical standards established to guide professional behaviors and actions.
14. Explain how therapeutic approaches are challenged by differences presented within diverse populations affected by a substance use disorder (age, gender, culture, mental health, sexual orientation, etc.).


Effective Term: Spring 2020