A core curriculum in addiction studies for all practitioner levels. This course is one module of three.  It is a stand-alone course and can be taken without the other two modules. Appropriate course selection for those seeking to meet addiction certification education requirements.

Note to US DOT SAPs:  This course is no longer applicable to US DOT SAP Qualification or Renewal.

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

Revised 2024

Description:  Beginning with a discussion on the NIDA definition of addiction this discussion will offer perspectives on the disease conceptualization of addiction. Commentary by Terry Gorski, and Alan Marlatt, as well as the Medical and Science Society, provide robust contrasts for participants to consider in developing an understanding of addiction problems.  Current classification subtypes for addictions are also presented including historical subtypes originally described by Benjamin Rush, MD.  The six classifications of psychoactive drugs are presented including medical uses, street names, signs, and symptoms of low, moderate, and high doses, and including long-term effects.

1.   Participants will be able to define addiction.
2.   Participants will be able to discuss the historic subtypes of alcoholism as described by Benjamin Rush and EM Jellinek.
3.   Participants will be able to discuss a current addiction paradigm classifying addictions as primary, secondary and reactive.

CE Credits: 3 (NBCC Hours - 3)

Hour One: Definition of addiction.
Hour Two: Historic subtypes of alcoholism, a Modern paradigm for classification of addiction.
Hour Three: NIDA principles of drug addiction treatment.

CE Broker Course #:  20-328782

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

Content Area: Addictions, Social and cultural foundations, Clinical evaluation and assessment

Purpose: Practitioners taking this course will be better equipped to observe for the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, dependency, withdrawal, and intoxication.

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 who may work with these populations.

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Online Course

CE Broker#:
CE Credits:
3 (NBCC Hours - 3)

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