- Course Number:
- AD 102
- Course Title:
- Drug Use and Addiction
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Course DescriptionConsiders current drug use and psychological/behavioral aspects of client misuse or addiction. Includes drug chemistry, physiological effects of drug use upon the body and specific treatment formats and techniques. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
At the conclusion of this course students will be able to do the following with future clients:
1-Explain basic neurochemistry and how drugs and trauma affect it.
2- Articulate the effect of trauma and/or the chronic use of drugs on the brain including specific psychological and behavioral impairments.
3-Explain how drugs impact other body systems, including common medical conditions associated with drug abuse, i.e. HIV, HCV.
4-Identify effects particular to specific drugs of abuse (e.g. up and down regulation, symptoms of use, route of administration, tendency to physical dependency, challenges for recovery,
medication assisted treatment).
5-Access, interpret and summarize peer reviewed and evidence-based research regarding substance use, trauma and/or treatment outcomes.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
At the beginning of each term, the instructor will detail the methods used
to evaluate the student acquisition of the targeted competencies. The
methods used may include one or more of the following tools: examinations,
quizzes, homework assignments, professional journal reviews, research papers,
small group projects, oral presentations or maintenance of a journal.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
A. Introduction to Human Physiology
1.1 Nervous System
1.2 Endocrine System
1.3 Respiratory System
1.4 Circulatory System
1.5 Immune System
1.6 Digestive System
1.7 Reproductive System
B. Basic Pharmacology
2.1 Routes of Administration
2.2 Drug Metabolism
2.3 Drug excretion, drug testing
2.4 Half life
2.5 Dosage and Potency
2.6 ED50, LD50
2.7 Drug Interactions
2.8 Physical Dependency
C. Drug Categories
3.1 Stimulants (including nicotine)
3.4 Opiates (including methadone)
3.7 Psychotropic medications
3.8 New drug trends
D. Drug Treatment
4.1 Drug Therapies (including methadone, buprenorphine, and other medication
4.2 Treatment protocols for each drug category
4.3 Emerging treatment issues
4.4 Responding to infectious diseases (Tuberculosis, HIV,
Hepatitis C) common to the addictive population
4.5 Diagnosis (including DSM IV and ASAM criteria)
4.6 Fetal Drug Effects
4.7 Medical Complications
1) The primary source of the content for this course will be textbooks, web-based
resources and peer reviewed journals which address the targeted concepts.
2) Class lectures and discussion activities will be utilized to illustrate and facilitate
understanding of the targeted concepts.
COURSE ACTIVITIES AND DESIGN
1. Identify the basic structures and functions of a neuron and how
drugs affect the neuron.
2. Trace drugs effects to appropriate brain structures.
3. Develop a basic understanding of how the major body systems
function and how drug use affects that functioning.
4. Describe the basic pharmacology of targeted drugs from each
5. Identify physical dependency, overdose risk, withdrawal and
treatment strategies for each drug category.
6. Articulate the physical consequences, the relative risk,
prevention and management strategies for targeted infectious
diseases (Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C).
Instructional Delivery Mode: This course has been approved for classroom, hybrid, and distance modalities.
- Identify effects particular to specific drugs of abuse (e.g. up and down regulation, symptoms of use, route of administration, tendency to physical dependency, challenges for recovery, medication assisted treatment).
- Access, interpret and summarize peer reviewed and evidence-based research regarding substance use, trauma and/or treatment outcomes.
B. Basic Pharmacology
2.1 Routes of Administration - dosage differentials due to route of administration.
2.2 Drug Metabolism - rate of metabolism and factors that effect those rates.
2.3 Drug excretion, drug testing - detectability as a function of time and rate of metabolization.
2.4 Half life - calculations of persistence of drug in the body and detectability over time of the relevant metabolites.
2.5 Dosage and Potency - Factors that effect dosage and duration of effect.
2.6 ED50, LD50 - Calculations used to determine if a drug is "safe" to use.
2.7 Drug Interactions - includes additive, synergistic and antagonistic effects.
2.8 Physical Dependency - includes examination of factors related to duration of withdrawal issues correlated with type of drug, duration of use, amount of use, potency of use and use of other drugs.
2.9 Detoxification - various patterns of drug detoxification, medical management of detoxification and liklihood of protracted withdrawal symptoms require multifaceted calculations.