May 27, 2020
PSY 234 - Psychology of Addiction
Overview of the psychology of addictive behavior, psychophysiology of the brain and the addictive process. Addiction to alcohol, illicit drugs, over-the-counter medications, psycho-pharmaceuticals, food, gambling and sex are introduced. The impact of the addictive cycle on the individual, the family, and society as a whole is explored.
Prerequisite: PSY 110 General Psychology or Permission of Instructor
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of addiction as a concept.
- Demonstrate an understanding of various types of addictive behavior.
- Integrate and apply information regarding how the central nervous system and other bodily systems process chemical substances.
- Recognize the comprehensive impact of addiction on an individual's overall well-being.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of addiction on the individual, family and society.
- Apply information about various addiction treatment modalities.
- Recognize the role that culture and the media have in relationship to addictive behavior.
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