Provides information on the biochemical, psychological, physiological and behavioral effects of substance addiction and reviews the symptoms of addiction. Emphasizes areas of chemical dependency, medical epidemiology, physiological threats of addiction, and methods of identifying multiple drug abusers. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To provide the student with a solid background in the physiology of the human brain, and the specifics as to how the brain is affected by the various families of psychoactive drugs. In addition students will become familiar with dangers of drug use, symptoms of use and overdose, and symptoms of withdrawal from the drugs. Students will be introduced to numerous terms used commonly in professional journals and in treatment settings, but with which most students are unfamiliar.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
HMS 251, while not a prerequisite, is recommended. Familiarity with the basic concepts of addiction will be helpful.