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Substance Use and Abuse

This course provides students with an overview of the problem of chemical abuse and dependence and an introduction to models of intervention in these problems. The course content will cover the core theory and research related to etiology of chemical abuse and dependence, basic pharmacology of alcohol and other abused substances, as well as drug use and abuse in special populations. The students will also explore the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on family systems, and domestic violence, and provide an introduction to treatment process and service systems.