Course Description: This online text-based course discusses how science has opened up our understanding of the brain, including how it is impacted by substance use and addiction and how this impacts our behavior. This information, compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, can be used by professionals to develop programs for preventing drug abuse and to help people recover from addiction. Included is an overview of substance use research as it relates to the brain and our behavior with specific emphasis on addiction, preventing abuse, drugs and the brain, addiction and health, and treatment and recovery.
Course Objectives (Learning Outcomes): By successfully completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify and discuss multiple reasons and risk factors for substance use
- Explain the various ways that substance use impacts the brain
- Identify the medical and social consequences of drug addiction
- List and describe the various treatment options for substance abuse
Course Category: Disorders, Symptoms, and Populations
Course Materials: CustomCE Course 10020.pdf
Last Revision: May, 2016
Audience and Course Level: This course is appropriate for Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists who work with individuals, families, or groups impacted by addiction. The course level is considered introductory since it introduces the learner to research related to addiction and no prerequisite training is required.
Course Utility and Potential Risks/Conflicts: The utility of this course lies in helping practitioners better understand their clients dealing with addiction through empirically-based research specific to this population. The course does not include clinical training or certification. This course is not sponsored by any commercial organizations and no potential conflicts of interest are noted.
Course Instructors: This course was developed by Chris Heffner, PsyD, PhD, LP and was reviewed by Catherine Crews, PhD, LP.
Course Materials: Materials for this course were supplied by the National Institute on Drug Abuse under the direction of Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director.
Publication Date: September 2011
Format: PDF (CustomCE Course 10020.pdf)
Technical Requirements: Internet Access for Course Quiz, PDF Viewer (e.g., Acrobat Reader) for Course Materials.
Additional Requirements: None
Suggested Prerequisites: None
Custom Continuing Education, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Custom Continuing Education, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.