Science Behind Substance Abuse and Addiction

DCP100

Overview of the biochemical, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural basis of behavior resulting through opioid and other substance use and addiction. Review of the major types of commonly abused substances, the incidence of substance use and dependence, and the epidemic reality in current society resulting in a public health emergency. Topics addressed include the biochemical science behind addiction, differences between substance use and addiction for acute and chronic pain, anxiety, and depression; the relationship of substance abuse and addiction to mental health/illness and self-medication; misconceptions regarding opioids and addiction; and current trends in prescribing practices.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Promotion and Prevention of Substance Use and Abuse

DCP201

Introduction to the history of substance abuse in the United States and its subsequent social costs. Social responses to substance use and abuse will be articulated using The Continuum of Care behavioral health model, which recognizes multiple opportunities for addressing behavioral health problems and disorders. Specific attention will be provided to both the promotion and primary prevention components, including environmental promotion strategies and evidence-based programs.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
DCP100

Comprehensive Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction

DCP202

Principles of drug addiction treatment will be addressed. Focus on the continuum of care for treating drug abuse and maintaining a healthy workforce. Evidence-based treatment options including pharmacological and behavioral approaches for addiction and opioid abuse will be discussed. Complementary and alternative therapies for co-occurring physical and psychological conditions will be explored. Recovery resources in local and regional communities will be identified.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
DCP100

Advocacy and Social Policy Approaches to Addressing Substance Use and Abuse

DCP203

Introduction to the fundamentals of advocacy including learning how to engage others in substance abuse change work, distinguishing these efforts from lobbying, and creating and formalizing advocacy plans. Social policy principles will also be addressed. These include demystifying how social policy gets created and how to incorporate advocacy efforts into the policy arena to promote individual and population-level change.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
DCP100