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 a SUD and enumerate the particular risks of multiple classes of substances.
- 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.
- Analyze the process by which multiple drugs (including alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and new psychoactive substances) of abuse disrupt the central nervous system in general and neurotransmission in particular, identify brain regions most impaired by addictive disorders.
- Apply the diagnostic criteria of the DSM5 to case studies of clients with substance use disorders.
- Apply APA Style Guide formatting requirements.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Week 1-8) - Lowest Disussion Grade Dropped
Writing Assignments (Weeks 2, 4 & 5)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-8) - Lowest Quiz Grade Dropped
Research Paper (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Maisto, S and M. Galizio (2019). Drug Use and Abuse - with MindTap access. 8th ed. Cengage Learning. ISBN-10: 1-337-74519-7 or ISBN-13: 978-1-337-74519-2 [Looseleaf version]
- American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. 5th ed. American Psychiatric Press Inc. ISBN-10: 0-89042-555-8 or ISBN-13: 978-0-89042-555-8
- NIDA Research Reports - https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/finder/t/162/ResearchReports
Readings and Exercises
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.