Course Syllabus: Understanding Addictions


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Course Description

Addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco is extremely common in the US and, in fact, throughout the world.  While there is treatment for these addictions, they are still poorly understood and there are many myths and misconceptions about the problem.

This course discusses addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  It discusses the impact of these addictions on the body and mind, and looks at the various treatment modalities used to manage these conditions. The ways in which treatment can be effective in treating these types of addictions are also discussed in this course.

There are also many resources for people who are addicted to the above substances.  This is also discussed in the course.  After taking the course, you will have a better understanding of addiction and the underlying mechanisms of why this problem occurs. There are some people more prone to addiction by virtue of having a family history of addiction, being around people using drugs and alcohol, and having a personality that promotes addiction.

At the end of the course, you will find that there are resources for all types of addiction.  Links to these resources are provided so that the addict and their family can find help in order to treat this difficult social, medical, and psychological problem. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Understanding Addictions

Lesson 2: Self Identification—Am I an Addict?

Lesson 3: Health Risks in Addiction

Lesson 4: Advantages to Quitting your Addiction

Lesson 5: Your Personalized Recovery Plan

Lesson 6: The Myth about Recovery and Addiction

Lesson 7: Strengthen your Motivation

Lesson 8: Set Yourself Up to Succeed and Commit to Change

Lesson 9: Being Mindful by Conquering your Emotions

Lesson 10: How to Avoid Relapse

Lesson 11: Know how to Get Support and Other Resources

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what constitutes an addiction.
  • Determine whether or not you are an addict.
  • Know health risks in addiction.
  • Describe advantages to quitting your addiction.
  • Define your personalized recovery plan.
  • Know the myth about recovery and addiction.
  • Define methods you can use to set yourself up to succeed and commit to change.
  • Describe being mindful by conquering your emotions.
  • Know methods you can use to avoid relapse.
  • Identify ways to get support, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Exam 150
Exam 250
Exam 350
Exam 450
Exam 545
Exam 650
Exam 750
Exam 850
Exam 950
Exam 1050
Exam 1150
The Final Exam250
Total Points:795
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