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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders
Course SummaryLearn all there is to know about substance abuse with our easy-to-follow Health 102: Substance Abuse course. Each video and text lesson covers an important topic and is followed by a self-assessment quiz to boost your confidence ahead of a big assignment or class exam.
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In this course, you'll learn about the many types of substance abuse, including addictions associated with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco products. Our substance abuse instructors have developed a series of brief, informative video lessons and online self-assessments that will provide you with a working knowledge of drug types, symptoms of addiction and prevention and treatment programs, among other topics.
|Introduction to Substance Abuse||Become familiar with the definition, causes, history and terminology associated with substance abuse.|
|Pharmacological and Neurophysiological Principles||Find out how drugs enter and affect the body, the dangers of drug interactions and the stages of addiction.|
|Classification of Drugs||Examine the Schedule I, II, III and IV drug classification lists.|
|Alcohol||Discuss the historical regulation of alcohol in the U.S., alcohol pharmacology and the effects of alcoholism on individuals and families.|
|Inhaled Substances||Summarize the different types and history of inhalants, signs of inhalant dependence and treatment programs|
|Tobacco and Nicotine||Provide an overview of the tobacco industry, the political and social aspects of cigarettes and other tobacco products and the signs of nicotine dependence.|
|Psychomotor Stimulants||Learn about the effects of amphetamines and cocaine on the body, the medical uses of stimulants and how stimulant abuse can be prevented and treated.|
|Opioids||Explore the historical use of opioids, including heroin, as well as their medical use, misuse and effects on the body and mind.|
|Cannabinoids||Separate cannabis facts from myths, including the effects of long-term medical and recreational use.|
|Hallucinogens||Describe the effects of hallucinogenic drugs, such as Ecstasy, LSD, Ketamine, PCP and Salvia, as well as how current or future abuse can be treated or prevented.|
|Anabolic Steroids||Demonstrate your understanding of how performance-enhancing drugs are used in the sports environment, including their potential health risks and misuse.|
|Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs||Understand the differences between over-the-counter and prescription drugs, as well as how the latter can become addictive or present safety problems.|
|Anti-anxiety and Sedative Hypnotics||Learn about the anxiety disorders that require treatment with barbiturates, benzodiazepines and nonbenzodiazepine depressants; include the potential for abuse.|
|Antipsychotic Drugs, Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers||Explain how antipsychotic drugs are used to treat depressive, mood and psychotic disorders; cover the misuse of antidepressants in your discussion.|
|Lesser Known Drugs that Are Abused||Become familiar with the misuse of club drugs, dietary supplements and herbals; include the dangers behind combinations of substances.|
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