CDS 270: Survey & Pharmacology of Addiction

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Restricted Elective
Overview of historical and current views of substance use disorders as well as the body's physical and behavioral response to drugs, including current research and terminology essential for working in the addiction treatment field. Focus on the nature of addictions, causality, progression, assessment, scope, intervention, treatment and prevention.
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  1. Understand addiction, recovery and healthful living.
  2. Understand the disease and public health models of addiction
  3. Know basic chemistry and physiology of alcohol and other drugs of abuse.
  4. Understand the major classes of psychoactive drugs, including examples of each as well as general symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal.
  5. Develop an awareness of the acute and chronic effects of each drug class and interactions between classes.