Course Summary
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5 weeks (28 hours a week of inside and outside class time)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 substance abuse


The course objective is to provide a comprehensive overview of substance abuse and addiction, examining the biological, psychological, and societal effects of the addictive process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe and interpret pharmacological and neurophysiological principles
  • demonstrate understanding of substance abuse and dependence including terminology, theories and models of abuse and dependence
  • recognize demographics, of substance abuse and dependence, cost and impact to society, screening and diagnosis
  • classify and categorize drugs
  • summarize various drugs classes (alcohol, anti-anxiety, sedatives, inhalants, tobacco, psychomotor, opioids, cannabinoids, hallucinogens, antipsychotic drugs, anti-depressant’s, mood stabilizers, and other drugs of abuse) information-history, types, effects, use and administration, tolerance, withdrawal, overdose, dependency issues, prevention and treatment

General Course Topics:

  • Overview of Substance Abuse and Dependence
  • Drugs
  • Pharmacological and Neurophysiological Principles
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Psychotherapeutic Drugs
  • Antianxiety, Sedative and Hypnotic Drug Classification
  • Psychomotor drugs
  • Cannabinoids
  • Inhalant drugs
  • Opioids
  • Hallucinogens
  • Other Drugs of Abuse
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

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Supplemental Materials

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