Pharmacology of Drug Use Disorders – 18 Hours


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Based on the publication Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior: The Pharmacology of Drug Use Disorders by John Brick, PhD and Carlton Erickson, PhD, this home-study course will provide the participant with a solid understanding of how the brain works, and the ways in which a variety of drugs affect the brain to produce intoxication and dependence.

(Book not available electronically)

Hours: 18

  • What is a drug?
  • Is there a brainbehavior relationship?
  • Pharmacokinetics: How do drugs get there and what do they do?
  • Functional Neuroanatomy: Where do psychoactive drugs act?
  • Neurophysiology: How do psychoactive drugs act?
  • Alcohol: The socially accepted addictive drug
  • Cocaine and other stimulant: Drugs that make us high
  • Opioids: Drugs that calm our pain
  • Nicotine: Of what value?
  • Marijuana: The illegal recreational plant
  • Inhalants: Not just bad breath!
  • Hallucinogens: Drugs that make us crazy
  • Antipsychotics: Drugs that make us sane
  • Anxiolytics: Drugs that calm us down
  • Antidepressants: Drugs that lift us up
  • Addiction: The chronic mental illness
  • Forensic issues in psychopharmacology