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Understanding Addictions - Chapter Summary
How much do you understand about addictions? Use the video and text lessons in this chapter to assess and boost your knowledge. Get acquainted with concepts like the the types and warning signs of addiction, the definitions of substance abuse and dependence, and the effects of substance abuse on students. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Share the definitions and causes of substance use, abuse and dependence
- Discuss theories on personality types and their connection to substance abuse
- Detail the physiological, behavioral and long-term effects of alcohol
- Explain how the effects of addictions are assessed in social work
- Describe the signs and symptoms of alcohol and prescription drug dependance
- Explain the symptoms of withdrawal
Navigating the lessons in this chapter is fun and easy! After choosing your first lesson, scroll along the right-hand sidebar to select others in any sequence you desire. When ready, assess your knowledge of the addiction concepts covered in the lessons by taking short multiple-choice quizzes. A chapter exam is also available to reinforce your knowledge of lesson concepts. Enjoy access to all of these resources from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.
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.
2. Assessing the Effects of Addictions in Social Work
Addiction creates problems not only for the addict but for those around them also. This lesson first defines the progression toward addiction, discusses how addiction affects the addict and then describes how a social worker can help the addict.
3. Alcohol Dependence: Signs & Symptoms
Alcohol dependence can occur gradually making it more difficult to notice when the line is crossed between acceptable use and a drinking problem. This lesson will explore what alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are, along with warning signs and physical symptoms.
4. Signs & Symptoms of Prescription Drug Dependence
In this lesson, we'll learn about the three main types of abused prescription drugs: opiates, anti-anxiety medications and stimulants. We'll look at the symptoms of drug dependence and the signs of abuse.
5. Withdrawal: Symptoms & Definition
Using psychological diagnostic criteria and simple examples, this text explores the steps involved in what withdrawal is and takes a brief look into the neurochemistry of why it occurs.
6. Substance Abuse & Substance Dependence: Definition & Characteristics
Many people have a drink now and then, but how do you know if you have a substance-related disorder? This lesson will help you learn the difference between just having a drink and having an actual problem.
7. The Effects of Substance Abuse on Students
How does substance abuse affect the student population? You might be surprised to learn it can lead to way more than just failing grades. This lesson points out many other negative consequences of substance abuse in students.
8. 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.
9. Personality Theories & Substance Abuse
Why do people become addicted to substances? And what do their personalities have to do with their addictions? In this lesson, we'll attempt to answer both of those questions by looking at the link between personality type, personality disorders, and addiction.
10. 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.
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