Abused Drugs *NEW

Abused Drugs

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior.

Certification Areas and Continuing Education: 10 Hours Total
Pharmacology / Understanding Addiction

Drug addiction is a complex brain disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more than ever about how drugs work in the brain. We also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.

In Abused Drugs students will review the major classes of abused drugs, their natural and synthetic origins, and the effects of short and long term use along with some insights on how individuals begin using these drugs and subsequently become addicted. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Abused Drugs: Selected Readings (included with course).   This overview of abused drugs and their effects is designed as a quick reference guide to be utilized in the field.