SWO504 - Understanding Addiction

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Subject Title
Understanding Addiction

Subject Description

This course examines the extent and nature of substance abuse from a biopsychosocial perspective and suggests assessment and intervention strategies for therapeutic recreation practice. It offers theoretical explanations of substance use and abuse, provides a historical and cultural context for attitudes towards substances, and explores various government drug policies to reduce the harms associated with substances. The biopsychosocial effects 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 drugs and Canadian society: addiction identification approaches, pharmacological, physiological and emotional effects of drugs, approaches to prevention and treatment, and the impact of addiction on communities and society, and diversity, drug use, and dependence.

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


  1. Use addiction terminology to communicate therapeutic recreation messages and techniques.
  2. Describe how the biopsychosocial effects of alcohol and drugs informs therapeutic recreation assessment and planning.
  3. Explain therapeutic recreation interventions in the context of community-based drug abuse prevention approaches.
  4. Explain the therapeutic recreation intervention issues related to the drug treatment and drug policy.
  5. Revise a multidisciplinary treatment plan that takes into consideration severity of addiction and lifespan.
  6. Evaluate the role that therapeutic recreation practitioners play in addiction intervention.

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