Oct 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 475 - Addictions and Compulsions

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces the student to various causes, consequences, and treatments of compulsive and addictive behaviors. Included are drug and alcohol-related issues and compulsive behaviors that do not involve substances. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify various causes of alcoholism, chemical dependency, and compulsive behaviors
  • Objectively define and evaluate behavior regarding chemical substance and other addictions
  • Address the consequences of chemical dependency and alcoholism
  • Foster understanding of the differences between use and abuse of substances
  • Identify treatment procedures

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Terminology
  • Origins, effects, medical use and history of individual drugs
  • Personality and drug use
  • Alcohol and the body
  • The sociocultural context of drug use
  • Comparison of etiologies regarding substance abuse
  • Adolescent development and substance abuse
  • College populations and drinking
  • Adult children of alcoholics
  • Co-dependency
  • Treatment approaches
  • Gambling
  • Eating disorders

Dr. Jan Fertig

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