Understanding Addiction


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MHI504 - Understanding Addiction

This course examines the extent and nature of alcohol and other drug use from a bio-psychosocial perspective and suggests strategies for community-based practice. It offers theoretical explanations of drug use and dependence; provides a historical context for drug policy; and explores various strategies to deal with issues of substance abuse and abuse. A wide variety of problematic substance use will be explored, as well as problematic behavioral additions such as problem gambling. The course addresses fundamental topics such as common substances for use/abuse in Canada, pharmacological and emotional effects of substances, models and approaches to addiction treatment, withdrawal, impact of addiction and problematic use/abuse on family.

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