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A study of addictive behaviors and treatment from a multi-modal presentation of historical, sociological, political, and medical issues and their importance relative to the treatment of addictive behaviors in today’s society.
- Discuss the relationship between alcohol and other drugs and their attending problems, and costs to individuals, families and society.
- Articulate a comprehensive and useful definition of substance use disorders.
- Employ evaluation methods and report the findings for treatment determination purposes.
- Familiarization with suicide evaluations, mental status exams, and alcohol/drug abuse intake and assessment procedures.
- Explain the effects of substance use on the body's systems.
- Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the criteria implied in the diagnosis of substance use disorders.
- Identify the key characteristics of major treatment modalities.
- Relate to the history and success of the 12 steps in alcohol and other drug recovery, and their appropriate use in professional counseling settings. The importance of surrender and control will be understood.
- List and discuss the 12 core functions of several addiction counselor competencies.
- Understand the impact of addiction on family systems, communities, criminal justice, etc.