Prevention & Treatment Of Substance Abuse/Addictive Behaviors

Course Number: 
Graduate Education
Quarter Hours: 
3 Quarter Hours
Course Description: 
This course is designed to promote a thorough understanding of substance use, abuse, and treatment from a biopsychosocial perspective. A descriptive overview of the problem of substance abuse and dependence will focus on patterns of use for particular substances among different subgroups. Major theories of addictive behaviors are examined along with the treatment approaches following from these theories. Treatment of addictive behaviors within the context of other disorders and within the context of the family system is examined. Large scale and individual prevention strategies are reviewed (with particular emphasis on problems within the military). Students are expected to understand prevalence and treatment of addictive behaviors within a biopsychological context.