SOC380 - Understanding Addiction

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Subject Title
Understanding Addiction

Subject Description
This course examines the nature of addiction from bio-psychosocial and behaviour analytic perspectives. It offers theoretical explanations of drug use and dependence; provides historical context for drug policy; and explores various government initiatives to deal with issues of drug use, abuse and pathology. A wide variety of drugs will be explored including but not limited to: marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, inhalants, stimulants, CNS depressants, opiates, hallucinogens and prescribed/over-the-counter medications. The course also addresses the following topics related to addiction and Canadian society: diversity, addiction identification approaches, pharmacological and emotional effects of drugs, models and approaches to addiction treatment, drug withdrawal, pathological gambling, and the impact of addition on family and society. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify substances most commonly misused and recognize the acute and chronic effects of misuse. 
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the operant and respondent learning processes and major behavioural theories of addiction. 
  3. Compare and contrast the various treatment approaches utilized in addiction. 
  4. Describe the techniques and nuances of creating a therapeutic environment for clients and families. 
  5. Apply a behaviour analytic framework to complete an assessment and design a treatment plan while also incorporating the biopsychosocial plus model.   
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