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Ch 11: Drugs & Substance Use Disorders

About This Chapter

Watch online health video lessons and quizzes to learn about the different kinds of drug-related and substance abuse disorders that can have a serious impact on everyday life. These study resources are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Drugs and Substance Abuse Disorders - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll experience a comprehensive introduction to legal and illegal drugs, including how they can be misused and lead to a substance abuse disorder. Engaging video lessons will help you understand the definition of substance use and dependence, reasons for becoming addicted to various depressants, explanation of stimulant dependence, examples of hallucinogen dependence, and myths about cannabis addiction. Other topics found in this chapter include:

  • Reasons for combining substances
  • Treatment methods for individuals with addiction and dependence problems
  • Common illegal drugs
  • Drug effects and interactions

Our video lessons average between five and ten minutes, and you can watch them anytime via computer, smartphone or tablet. Test your knowledge with the short quizzes at the end of every lesson, and use the links in the quizzes to review areas where you're having problems. You can print out the quiz questions and answers for offline study as well.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: Drugs & Substance Use Disorders
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

1. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.

Dependence on Depressants: Alcohol, Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs and Opioids

2. Dependence on Depressants: Alcohol, Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs and Opioids

Addiction to depressants, like alcohol, sedatives, and opioids, comes with many problems. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of depressants, their side effects, and the treatment for dependence.

Stimulant Dependence: Amphetamines and Cocaine

3. Stimulant Dependence: Amphetamines and Cocaine

Many people take stimulants like caffeine in small doses every day. But what happens when someone becomes dependent on stimulants? In this lesson, we'll look at the effects of stimulants, including two commonly abused stimulants, cocaine and amphetamines.

Dependence on Hallucinogens: Definition and Examples

4. Dependence on Hallucinogens: Definition and Examples

For centuries, people have taken hallucinogens. But what are the dangers? In this lesson, we'll look at hallucinogens more closely, including the history, side effects, and treatment of hallucinogenic dependence.

Understanding Cannabis Dependence: Facts and Myths

5. Understanding Cannabis Dependence: Facts and Myths

There are many myths about cannabis - or marijuana - use and dependence. In this lesson, we'll look at the medicinal benefits of cannabis, as well as the dangers of cannabis use.

Combining Substances: An Examination of Substance Abuse

6. Combining Substances: An Examination of Substance Abuse

Some people take different types of substances at the same time in order to get a better high or by accident. In this lesson, we'll look at why people combine substances, commonly combined substances, and the dangerous side effects.

Treating Substance-Related Disorders: Biological, Behavioral and Psychodynamic Approaches

7. Treating Substance-Related Disorders: Biological, Behavioral and Psychodynamic Approaches

Millions of people suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. How do people get over addiction? In this lesson, we'll look at four different approaches to substance use treatment.

Common Illegal Drugs and Their Names

8. Common Illegal Drugs and Their Names

The names law enforcement may formally use for illicit substances aren't likely to be the names of the drugs out on the streets. This lesson will teach you about some famous drugs and their more common street names.

Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

9. Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

Drugs can affect your body in quite a few ways. You'll learn about how they affect you and how they interact with one another to affect you by learning about tolerance, cross-tolerance, the additive effect, synergism, potentiation, and antagonism.

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