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Ch 19: Substance Use Disorders in Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Substance Use Disorders in Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about disorders of drug and alcohol use and their treatment in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Substance Use Disorders in Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Substance use, abuse and dependence Definitions and causes including sociocultural, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and biological views
Tuesday Depressant and stimulant dependence Alcohol, sedative-hypnotic drugs, opioids, cocaine and amphetamines.
Wednesday Hallucinogen and cannabis dependence LSD, PCP and other hallucinatory drugs, panic attacks, hallucinations and other effects
Cannabis use: myth and facts, effects and side effects, physical addiction
Thursday Combining substances Novel sensations, overcoming tolerance, accidental mixing, speedball
Friday Treating substance-related disorders Psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, biological and sociocultural therapies

7 Lessons in Chapter 19: Substance Use Disorders in Psychology Lesson Plans
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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.

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.

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