Drugs, Brains, and Behavior; The Science of Addiction (2 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course looks at the science of addiction and how drugs can change the brain, the structure of the brain, and behavior.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Publisher: National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institutes of Health

US Department of Health and Human Services

Find the article at:  https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/soa_2014.pdf

Program Objectives: Identify risk factors and protective factors for addiction.  Describe how drugs can change the brain, the structure of the brain, and behavior.  Identify treatment approaches.

Learning Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, skills and knowledge by identifying key issues related to the science of addiction.

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1: Drugs change the brain's structure and how it works.
 
 
2: Brain imaging studies from drug-addicted individuals show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical to
 
 
 
 
3: What factors reduce a person's risk for developing addiction?
 
 
 
 
4: Which part of the brain enables us to assess situations, make sound decisions, and keep our emotions and desires under control?
 
 
 
5: Risk of drug abuse increases greatly during times of
 
 
6: Studies have shown that research-based programs can significantly reduce early use of
 
 
 
 
7: Which type of prevention program is designed for youth who have already begun abusing drugs?
 
 
 
8: When young people perceive drug use as harmful, they reduce their level of use.
 
 
9: Which part of the brain contains the brain's reward circuit?
 
 
 
10: Most drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain's reward system by
 
 
11: When drug use continues, the brain may adjust to the overwhelming surges in dopamine and other neurotransmitters by producing ___________ dopamine.
 
 
12: When a person needs to take larger amounts of the drug to produce the familiar dopamine high- this is an effect known as
 
 
 
 
13: The impact of drug addiction includes
 
 
 
 
 
14: Injection of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine currently accounts for about ___________ of new AIDS cases.
 
 
 
 
15: What is the most commonly abused illicit substance?
 
 
 
 
16: Which drug is a short-acting stimulant which can lead users to 'binge"?
 
 
 
17: On page 25, images of the dopamine transporter show the brain's remarkable potential to recover, at least partially, after __________ months of abstinence.
 
 
 
18: According to the table on page 26, relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to relapse rates for
 
 
 
 
19: Which of these drugs is not used to treat opioid addiction?
 
 
 
 
20: Which drug addiction treatment uses positive reinforcement such as providing rewards for remaining drug free or for attending counseling sessions?
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2continuing education clock hours.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Read more:
‘Wiring’ Your Brain
http://headsup.scholastic.com/sites/default/files/NIDA12-INS2_Stu_Mag-spread.pdf

The Awesomely Evolved Human Brain
http://www.scholastic.com/smp/pdfs/nida/NIDA12-INS1_Stu_Mag-spread.pdf

Find Mental Health Screening Tools here:  http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.