This is a core curriculum addiction studies course for all practitioner levels.  Appropriate course selection for those seeking to meet addiction certification education requirements.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2024

Description: The course overviews the pharmacology of drug abuse and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.  Descriptions of the epidemiology, pharmacology, health consequences, laboratory evaluation, and treatment considerations of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, stimulants, hallucinogens, PCP, opiates, sedatives/hypnotics, tranquilizers, and club drugs is covered.  Discussion of signs and symptoms of occasional, problematic, abuse, and dependence is provided.  This course is a core curriculum course for professionals seeking education in fulfillment of certification requirements in addictions. 

Recommended additional reading:

TIP 31: Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorder.  This Treatment Improvement Protocol (Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders) presents information on identifying, screening, and assessing adolescents who use substances. Accessed free of charge at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration store

TIP 32: Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders.  This TIP, Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders, presents information on substance abuse treatment for adolescent clients. Adolescents differ from adults both physiologically and emotionally as they make the transition from child to adult and, thus, require treatment adapted to their needs. Accessed free of charge at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration store

1.  Participants will be able to describe the effects of abused substances in adolescent populations.
2.  Participants will be able to discuss the health consequences of substances of abuse.
3.  Participants will be able to identify experimentation, abuse, and dependent substance use patterns.
4.  Participants will be able to classify substances of abuse.

CE Credits: 5

Hour One: Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, inhalants
Hour Two:  Stimulants, hallucinogens 
Hour Three: PCP, opiates
Hour Four: Sedatives/hypnotics
Hour Five: Tranquilizers, and club drugs

CE Broker Course #: 20-352117  

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area: Clinical evaluation and assessment, Adolescent populations, Social and clinical foundations, Psychopharmacology, Addictions, Adolescent issues, Special populations, Behavioral disorder, Neuropsychology.

Purpose:  Practitioners from various disciplines can expect to be familiarized with pharmacology (including signs and symptoms) of substances of abuse and alcohol among adolescent populations.

Target Audience:  Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.

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