Course Content and Outcome Guide for AD 101 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
AD 101
Course Title:
Alcohol Use and Addiction
Credit Hours:
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Special Fee:

Course Description

Basic overview of addiction with emphasis on alcohol addiction. Considers physiology, psychology, treatment, prevention, recovery and relapse. Required for students wishing to enter the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Program. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of the causes, consequences and recovery from substance use, abuse and addiction to life, family and career.

2. Use an understanding of addiction science and evidence based practice in order to stay current with emerging research, technologies and treatment and prevention protocols.

3. Recognize the patterns of drug use that fall within social, abusive and addictive use of mood altering drugs and behaviors in order to be able to provide an appropriate response.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. An assessment process that will extract information from lectures, readings and

other multimedia presentations via a test of a basic understanding of the targeted


2. Document attendance at four prescribed recovery based groups, including at least

three 12 step meetings.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A) Outline historical timeline of alcohol use in the U.S.

B) Describe the cost and psychological effects of alcohol upon family & community. 

C) Define addiction and "loss of control" phenomena.

D) Generalize the aspects of addiction to substances other than alcohol.

E) Explain the effect alcohol has on the central nervous system.

F) Determine the effect alcohol has on the human body. 

G) List common psychological defenses utilized by those who are addicted.

H) Describe recovery and relapse from a "12 Step"/"Stages of Change"/€Motivational Interviewing€ perspective.

I) Distinguish between the different levels and components of treatment

J) Recognize both the risk and resiliency factors in relationship to prevention.

INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY MODE: This course has been approved for classroom, hybrid

and distance modalities.