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Ch 17: Substance Abuse & Addiction

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Watch video lessons about substance abuse and the dependence on several types of substances as well as the treatment of substance-related disorders. The lessons include a transcript with links to related materials so you can dig deeper.

Substance Abuse & Addiction - Chapter Summary

Our chapter starts with a discussion of addiction, addictive behaviors, and the distinction between misuse and abuse. Our instructors next move on to the distinctions between addiction, habit, impulse, and obsession. Also covered are the causes of substance disorders and the following topics:

  • Dependence on depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens
  • Cannabis dependence
  • The combination of substances
  • Treatment of substance-related disorders

These engaging lessons feature videos that usually last less than ten minutes. Each video comes with a lesson transcript and a topic-searchable video timeline. The lesson quizzes can help you ensure mastery of the material, and our instructors are also available to answer your questions via the system interface.

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: Substance Abuse & Addiction
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Addiction and Addictive Behaviors: Types & Warning Signs

1. Addiction and Addictive Behaviors: Types & Warning Signs

This lesson will define addiction and addictive behavior in addition to taking a look at what addictive behaviors have in common and what things to look out for in a potential addict.

From Misuse to Abuse: Distinction & Effects

2. From Misuse to Abuse: Distinction & Effects

This lesson will differentiate drug misuse and abuse. You will also learn how the central nervous system is affected by drugs and what other effects drugs have upon the body.

Addiction: Not The Same As Habit, Impulse, or Obsession

3. Addiction: Not The Same As Habit, Impulse, or Obsession

This lesson will discuss the definitions of addiction, habit, obsession, compulsion, and impulse, giving several examples of each category and how they may overlap with one another.

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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