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Theories and Biological Basis of Substance Use & Addiction

by The Ohio State University

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Course Description

This 2-part course is designed as an introduction to and exploration of theories concerning substance abuse and addiction. The content is presented within a social work framework, emphasizing both the biopsychosocial and lifespan perspectives. The course addresses a wide range of substances of abuse, including alcohol, tobacco, illicit “street” and “club” drugs, and commonly abused prescription drugs. 

The PART 1 course objectives include students being able to:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary and historical models and theories used to describe and explain addiction to substances;
  • Explain the effects of addiction on individuals, including the biological, psychological (cognitive and affective), social and spiritual dimensions of life and functioning;
  • Explain the interaction of social and cultural contexts with addictive processes.
The PART 2 course objectives include students being able to:
  • Identify key responses and issues related to major drug categories;
  • Recognize pharmacological principles of substance use and abuse.

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