Ch 1: History & Psychology of Substance Abuse

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History & Psychology of Substance Abuse - Chapter Summary

Studying the lessons in chapter is a fun and convenient way to get clarity on the history and psychology of substance abuse. Our experienced instructors discuss drug use history, the DSM and depression as a factor in substance abuse. You can also study lessons on the personal dangers of drug abuse, including drug use during pregnancy and during adolescence . After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain why people use drugs and what can cause substance disorders
  • Provide an overview of self-medication in substance abuse
  • Recall existential factors of substance abuse
  • List risk factors for drug-taking behavior
  • Distinguish between physical and psychological substance dependence
  • Provide and overview of adolescents and the risk of substance abuse
  • Recount how drugs, violence, and crime are linked
  • Discuss screening and diagnosing substance abuse

Our instructors assist you with quickly grasping the concepts presented on the history and psychology of substance abuse. Vocabulary words are highlighted in the text lessons and on the video transcripts so that you can easily reference terminology for substance abuse and behavior related to drugs. A brief quiz is available to test your understanding of each lesson.

15 Lessons in Chapter 1: History & Psychology of Substance Abuse
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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.

Basic Terminology of Substance Abuse & Drug-Taking Behavior

2. Basic Terminology of Substance Abuse & Drug-Taking Behavior

If you'd like to learn some basic but very important terminology related to substance abuse, what counts as a drug, and how you can spot substance abuse behaviors, then read this lesson!

Trauma, Tension Reduction & Self-Medication in Substance Abuse

3. Trauma, Tension Reduction & Self-Medication in Substance Abuse

How do things like trauma and stress lead people to become addicts? In this lesson, we'll answer that question by looking at the way trauma, tension reduction, and self-medication can lead to substance abuse and addiction.

Depression, Mood & Existential Factors of Substance Abuse

4. Depression, Mood & Existential Factors of Substance Abuse

Why do people become addicted to alcohol or drugs? In this lesson, we'll explore some of the issues that can contribute to addiction, including common mood disorders and existential factors that people face.

The History of Substance Use & Abuse

5. The History of Substance Use & Abuse

Have you ever wondered if drugs were used in the ancient world? If so, why? What is the modern history of drug use and abuse? In this lesson, you'll get a crash course in the history of drugs.

Why Do People Use Drugs?

6. Why Do People Use Drugs?

In this lesson, we'll explore some of the reasons people use drugs. We'll look at four different examples of drug use, including prescription drugs, stimulants, alcohol, and marijuana.

Risk Factors & Protective Factors for Drug-Taking Behavior

7. Risk Factors & Protective Factors for Drug-Taking Behavior

In this lesson, you'll learn that there are two sides to the coin of drug-taking behavior. On one side, there are risk factors that may cause someone to take drugs, and on the other side, there are protective factors that help a person avoid taking drugs.

Personal & Social Dangers of Drug Abuse

8. Personal & Social Dangers of Drug Abuse

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the many unfortunate personal and social dangers that drug abuse poses, including those that can harm society at large.

Physical vs Psychological Substance Dependence

9. Physical vs Psychological Substance Dependence

Substance abuse can include physical dependence, psychological dependence, or both. This lesson explains the difference between physical substance dependence and psychological substance dependence.

Relationships Between Drugs, Violence & Crime

10. Relationships Between Drugs, Violence & Crime

Many inmates in both state and federal prisons say they committed their crimes while under the influence of drugs. Around one-quarter of those inmates committed violent crimes. This lesson explores the relationship between drugs, violence and crime.

The Dangers of Drug Use During Pregnancy

11. The Dangers of Drug Use During Pregnancy

In this lesson, we'll describe the problems with drug use during pregnancy and the impact on the developing fetus. We'll also explain some of the problems that arise after the baby is born, including the increased risk for HIV infection in mothers who use injectable drugs.

Adolescents & the Risk of Substance Abuse

12. Adolescents & the Risk of Substance Abuse

In this lesson, you'll learn about many of the key factors that predispose adolescents to substance abuse, including things that may be going on at home or in school.

Drug Use in the United States

13. Drug Use in the United States

In this lesson, we'll learn about the prevalence of drug use in the United States including the demographics of different substance abusers and recent trends in use. We'll look at four examples; marijuana, cocaine, opiates, and methamphetamines.

Substance Abuse Screening & Diagnosis

14. Substance Abuse Screening & Diagnosis

Substance abuse screening and diagnosis are used to determine first whether a person has a substance abuse issue and then to determine what that problem is and how it can be treated. This lesson looks at how screening and diagnosis take place.

What Is the DSM? - Definition & Characteristics

15. What Is the DSM? - Definition & Characteristics

How do mental health workers keep track of the hundreds of mental disorders in existence? When looking up and diagnosing psychological disorders, they refer to the DSM, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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