This course will focus on a broad range of addictive disorder including drugs, alcohol, and gambling as well as other problematic repetitive behaviors (e.g., internet use, binge eating, hoarding). Students will investigate the complex biopsychosocial disease process of addiction. Emphasis will be placed on the physiological brain responses and health consequences. (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:
- Articulate the problems with the term "addiction", especially as applied to non-substance related behavioral disorders.
- Discuss the similarities and differences among psychoactive substance addiction, and "process" addictions.
- 3. Apply principles of pharmacokinetics, homeostasis, and allostasis to understanding psychoactive substance and process addictions.
- Explain the process by which multiple drugs (including alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates/opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, hallucinogens, and designer drugs) of abuse disrupt neurotransmission and the disruption and dysregulation of neurotransmission relative to process addictions, diagram a neuron, and list the neurotransmitters implicated in addiction and identify brain regions most implicated in addictive disorders.
- Possess a rudimentary understanding of the DSM5 and how to apply criteria for diagnoses as well as recognize the continuum of the disease process.
- Compare the roles of the primitive brain structures to the neocortex in the development of addiction and the treatment of addiction.
- Evaluate the strengths and deficits of various models of addiction including moral and biopsychosocial disease models; consider historic and legal contexts.
- Analyze and synthesize peer reviewed articles.
- Write in compliance with the APA Style Guide.
- Articulate what it means to possess a scientific attitude and apply critical thinking skills in psychology.
- Categorize accurately: specific Substance Related and Addictive Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Binge Eating Disorder and Pica.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Week 1-8)
Reflection Assignments (Weeks 1, 3, 6 & 7)
Quizzes (Weeks 2, 4 & 5)
Research Paper (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Maisto, S and M. Galizio (2015). Drug Use and Abuse. 7th ed. Cengage. ISBN-13: 9781285455518
- American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Desk reference to diagnostic criteria from DSM-5. Washington, DC: Author. ISBN-13: 978-0890425565
- Brezenski, M. (2013). Obsessed: America’s food addiction and my own. New York: Weinstein Books. 978-1602861763
- Week 1 assignment: Students will attend an open 12-Step Self-Help meeting. Examples: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous. Choice of a different type of self-help meeting should be discussed with the professor in advance. Students should view assignment details (located in the Course Content section) prior to going.
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.