Introduction to Addictions

ADD 184 Introduction to Addictions is designed as an introductory exploration of both substance and behavioural addiction. The five perspectives of addiction are identified and explored. Current research in the biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors of addiction are considered, and treatment models are specified that correspond with the five perspectives of addiction. Emphasis is placed on social factors, including marginalization, stigmatization, poverty, and dislocation and are identified and explored through the lens of First Nations, LBGTQ, women, disabilities, men, older adults, etc. Historical factors of addiction are explored and their influence on current drug policies are identified. Advocacy and empowerment skills for working with those with addictions are identified. Professional behavior skills within the addictions field are practiced.

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