Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse
15 CE Credits - Online Course - $129.00
Developed by Sage DeBeixedon Breslin, Ph.D.
CE Credits for Psychologists,
LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs & LCSWs (BBS) Social
Counselors (NBCC, NAADAC, CALPCC), Nurses (BRN) & More
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GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION
Drug and alcohol addiction has become rampant across the globe. War, once the most common topic in the news and magazines, has taken a backseat to the celebrity body count associated with alcohol and drug addiction. The victims of this disease grow younger every year, and the drugs of choice expand on what seems like a daily basis.
This introductory course incorporates articles which review the basic elements of identification, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction. The first set of articles reviews basic information about the most popular classes of drugs of choice. The second set of articles summarizes information about pharmacotherapeutic treatment of alcoholism as well as some of the issues regarding alcoholism and co-morbidity. Additionally, the issue of substance abuse in adolescence is addressed. The third set of documents presents materials to be used in clinical and self-assessment as well as for intervention. This is followed by an interactive video which, while not required for the completion of this course, provides useful ideas for the assessment, intervention and retention of clients with substance abuse or addiction. The fifth set of documents incorporates articles which identify a variety of approaches to the treatment of addictions, including but not limited to pharmacotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and acupuncture. The next two articles note the pro and con arguments on the hotly debated topic of the legalization of drugs. Finally, resources are provided for both the general public and the clinician.
This course will teach psychotherapists to
- Identify a variety of drugs and addictive substances.
- Discern differences between classes of drugs, such as opiates and hallucinogens.
- Compare and contrast mechanisms and qualities of different drugs of choice.
- Note health consequences and risks posed by each of the various drug classes.
- Define what constitutes drug or substance dependence rather than substance abuse.
- Inform how alcohol is metabolized in the body.
- Identify pharmacological intervention for alcohol dependence.
- Summarize assessment tools used with those who are chemically dependent.
- Describe a variety of treatments for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.
- Note the use of acupuncture in the treatment of addiction.
- Indicate the role nutrition may play in the recovery process.
- Outline program elements that are frequently incorporated in inpatient treatment facilities for drug and alcohol addiction.
- Review the Rapid Detox Protocol.
- Summarize Substance Abuse and Dependency Intervention.
- Recapitulate the arguments for and against the legalization of marijuana in the United States.
- Drugs of Choice: The big, the bad, and the ugly
- Marijuana ("pot", "weed", "grass", "ganja", "skunk", "maryjane")
- Hashish ("hash", "thai stick")
- Hash Oil
- Synthetic Cannabinoids
- Amphetamines ("Speed")
- Methamphetamine ("Ice", "Crank")
- Anabolic Steroids
- LSD ("Acid")
- Psilocybin & Psilocyn and other Tryptamines ("Mushrooms")
- Peyote & Mescaline
- New Hallucinogens
- MDMA ("Ecstasy")
- PCP ("Angel Dust")
- Opiates & Narcotics
- "Bath Salts"
- Narcotics used in treatment
- Prescription Drugs
- Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid
- Chloral Hydrate
- Glutethimide and Methaqualone
- Newly Marketed Drugs
- Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint
- Assessment & Diagnosis
- What constitutes chemical dependency?
- Is there a difference between abuse and dependence?
- How do you assess the difference?
- Co-morbidity of addiction and mental illness
- Community Support & Intervention
- Outpatient Treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Programs
- Inpatient Treatment
- Pharmaceutical Interventions
- Integrative Medical Protocols
- Impact of Nutrition on Recovery
- Use of Acupuncture
- Resources for clinicians, family and significant others
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