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Ch 2: Substance Use & Misuse

About This Chapter

The Substance Use & Misuse chapter of this Guide to Becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor course is the simplest way to master information on substance use and misuse. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essential information on substance use and misuse.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material on substance use and misuse will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about substance use and misuse. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the nature of drug misuse and addiction, the effects of misused or abused drugs or how different types of drugs are abused
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about substance use and misuse (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about substance use and misuse
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra learning resources on substance use and misuse

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Substance Use & Misuse chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Substance Use & Misuse chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question on substance use and misuse. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a substance use and misuse unit of a standard substance abuse counselor course. Topics covered include:

  • Differences between drug use, abuse, and dependence
  • Effects of drug misuse and abuse
  • The nature of addictions
  • Causes, effects and treatments for alcoholism
  • Facts on cannabis dependency
  • Stimulant dependency, including amphetamines and cocaine
  • The nature of dependencies on depressants
  • Dependencies on hallucinogens
  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Tobacco use and its effects
  • Effects of using multiple drugs

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: Substance Use & Misuse
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.

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.

Alcoholism: Causes, Symptoms, Effects & Treatment

4. Alcoholism: Causes, Symptoms, Effects & Treatment

Alcohol can be a really terrible thing when it is abused. The problems it causes do not just damage the user but their friends, family, and society as a whole. You'll learn about why alcoholism occurs and how it can be addressed.

The Effects of Alcohol: Physiological, Behavioral & Long-Term

5. The Effects of Alcohol: Physiological, Behavioral & Long-Term

If you've ever wondered why men seem to tolerate alcohol better than women or what alcohol does to the body and mind, then tune into this lesson for more information.

Understanding Cannabis Dependence: Facts and Myths

6. 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.

Stimulant Dependence: Amphetamines and Cocaine

7. 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 Depressants: Alcohol, Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs and Opioids

8. 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.

Dependence on Hallucinogens: Definition and Examples

9. 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.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Definition & Examples

10. Prescription Drug Abuse: Definition & Examples

Drugs are prescribed by doctors everyday for a variety of valid reasons; however drug abuse is common and very dangerous. Learn about drug abuse in this lesson and then take a quiz to see what you've learned!

Tobacco Use: Addiction and Short-Term Effects

11. Tobacco Use: Addiction and Short-Term Effects

In this lesson, you will learn about why it is that smoking is so addictive and what the short-term consequences of tobacco use will result in. You will also find out how nicotine plays an important role in all of this.

Smoking: Long-Term Consequences

12. Smoking: Long-Term Consequences

In this lesson, we will look at why smoking is so harmful to your health from a chemical perspective. After that, we will discuss exactly what smoking causes in the long run. You'll be surprised to learn that lung cancer is the least of your concerns.

Alcohol, Drug, and Prescription Abuse in Late Adulthood

13. Alcohol, Drug, and Prescription Abuse in Late Adulthood

Late adulthood is a time of great change and adjustment. Due to changes in a person's body and life situation, substance abuse can be a real issue for some people. Watch this lesson to find out more about substance abuse in late adulthood.

Combining Substances: An Examination of Substance Abuse

14. 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.

How Substance Use Affects Health and Chronic Conditions

15. How Substance Use Affects Health and Chronic Conditions

While not every substance and every chronic condition can be covered in a single lesson, we attempt to look at the most common types (alcohol and smoking), as well as some generalizations about illegal substances.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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