This course will investigate a broad range of addictions including psychoactive substances (eg., alcohol, opioids, stimulants, etc.) and process addictions (eg., gambling, internet gaming). The complex biopsychosocial disease process of addiction will be investigated. There will be emphasis on the physiological brain responses and health consequences of substance use disorders. Students will learn how to apply the criteria for diagnosis of substance use disorders and distinguish between substance use disorders and other compulsive behaviors, such as binge-eating disorder and trichotillomania. (3 credits)
- PSY 101: Psychology
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Apply critical thinking skills in psychology and particularly in the assessment of drug regulation, popular media reports, and personal ideas related to addiction, treatment and recovery.
- Explain the major risk factors for developing an SUD.
- Evaluate the similarities and differences among psychoactive substance addiction, process addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and feeding and eating related disorders.
- Apply principles of pharmacokinetics, homeostasis, and allostasis to psychoactive substance and process addictions.
- Explain the process by which multiple drugs (including alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and new psychoactive substances) of abuse disrupt neurotransmission.
- Analyze a neuron, list the neurotransmitters implicated in addiction, and identify brain regions most implicated in addictive disorders.
- Compare the roles of the primitive brain structures to the neocortex in the development of addiction and the treatment of addiction.
- Apply the diagnostic criteria of the DSM5 to case studies of clients with substance use disorders.
- Apply APA formatting/styles.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Week 1-8)
Required TextbookAvailable through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
- Maisto, S and M. Galizio (2015). Drug Use and Abuse. 8th ed. Cengage. ISBN-13: 978-1-337-40897-4
- DSM5 - https://www.sciencetheearth.com/uploads/2/4/6/5/24658156/dsm-v-manual_pg490.pdf
- NIDA Research Reports - https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/finder/t/162/ResearchReports
Readings and Exercises
Topic: What do we mean by addiction?
Topics: Homeostatis, Allostasis, Pharmacokinetics & Neuropsychology of addiction
Topics: Theories of Addiction, Depressants: Benzodiazepines & Alcohol
Topics: Opiates / Opioids & Medication Assisted Treatment
Topics: Stimulants: Cocaine, Methamphetamine & Nicotine
Topics: Binge - Eating Disorder, Pica, Hoarding & Trichotillomania
Topics: Process Addictions: Gambling & Internet Gaming Disorder
Topic: Marijuana, Synthetics, Inhalants & Designer Drugs
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.