ADCO 1030 - Pharmacology of Addiction Counseling
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course is an overview of the basics of pharmacology as applied to various classifications of mood-altering chemicals. It is also an examination of the central nervous system and drug/neurotransmitter interactions. The course examines substance-related disorders, detoxification, withdrawal, drug interaction, and dynamics of addiction. The course meets academic coursework criteria of Minnesota Statute 2005 Chapter 148c, Subdivision 5a, Area 2: “pharmacology of substance abuse disorders and the dynamics of addiction.”
Prerequisite(s): ADCO 1020 with a grade of C or higher.
1. How pharmacological drugs affect us
- The brain
- The nervous system
- Physiological response to drugs
2. Basic pharmacology
- What is a drug
- Names of drugs
- Describing dosages
- Drug interaction
- Excretion, absorption, and metabolism
3. Tolerance, withdrawal
- Mechanism of tolerance
- Withdrawal symptoms and physical dependence
4. Addiction process
- Neurophysiology, neurotransmitters and the nervous system
- The neuron
- The synapse
- The nervous system
5. Brain imaging of drug effects
6. Symptoms, how used, dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, drug interaction of:
- Opioid /narcotics
- Psychotropic medication
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Identify the effects of alcohol and drugs on different parts of the brain.
- Explain addiction as related to the basics of pharmacology.
- Describe the neurotransmitters that are affected by alcohol and drugs.
- Recognize common drug interaction signs and withdrawal symptoms.
- Describe the metabolism and excretion processes of alcohol and drugs.
- Articulate how specific behavioral and physical signs and symptoms manifest themselves in the addiction process.
- Analyze the ethics of taking and using any drugs (methadone, Ritalin, over-the-counter drugs, etc.) as a challenge to one’s sobriety.
- Explain how various drugs interact when combined either legally or illegally.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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