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Substance Use Disorders - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Whether in friends, family, or even ourselves, most of us will encounter substance use, abuse, and dependency at some point in our lives. In psychology, substance abuse is classified as a disorder, which helps psychologists understand its causes and develop treatments. In this chapter, instructors explore different types of substance abuse disorders, as well as a variety of views regarding their causes, from the biological to the socio-cultural. They also discuss a range of different therapeutic approaches to treating substance abuse disorders. At the end of this chapter, students should be able to:
- Define substance use, abuse, and dependency
- Explain the difference between dependence on depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and cannabis, as well as the reasons for combining substances
- Describe the biological, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and socio-cultural views on the causes of substance abuse disorders
- Discuss the biological, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and socio-cultural approaches to treating substance abuse disorders
|Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders||Define substance use, abuse, and dependency, and learn about the causes of substance related disorders, including sociocultural, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and biological views.|
|Dependence on Depressants: Alcohol, Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs and Opioids||Explore dependence on depressants, including alcohol, sedative-hypnotic drugs, and opioids.|
|Stimulant Dependence: Amphetamines and Cocaine||Learn about dependence on stimulants, including cocaine and amphetamines.|
|Dependence on Hallucinogens: Definition and Examples||Examine dependence on hallucinogens.|
|Understanding Cannabis Dependence: Facts and Myths||Learn about dependence on cannabis.|
|Combining Substances: An Examination of Substance Abuse||Discover how and why some people will combine substances.|
|Treating Substance-Related Disorders: Biological, Behavioral and Psychodynamic Approaches||Find out how substance-related disorders are treated, including psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, biological, and sociocultural therapies.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- Clinical Research for Abnormal Psychology
- The Biological Model of Abnormality
- The Psychodynamic Model of Abnormal Behavior
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- The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Humanistic-Existential Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Sociocultural Model of Abnormal Behavior
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- Stress Disorders
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- Dissociative Disorders in Psychology
- Eating Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
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- Lifespan Development Disorders
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- Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology
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