Pharmacology of Drug Use Disorders – 18 Hours
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)
- 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