PSY 234W - 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:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of addiction as a concept.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of various types of addictive behavior.
3. Integrate and apply information regarding how the central nervous system and other bodily systems process chemical substances.
4. Recognize the comprehensive impact of addiction on an individual's overall well being.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of addiction on the individual, family and society.
6. Apply information about various addiction treatment modalities.
7. Recognize the role that culture and the media have in relationship to addictive behavior.
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