The Neurobiology of Addiction
Discover how neurobiology relates to a substance use disorder
This two-week course provides an overview of neurobiological adaptations that occur during active addiction to help you better understand your patients, and improve your quality of care.
You’ll gain knowledge of the neurobiology of biopsychosocial disorders as well as the major genetic contributors to addiction.
With this knowledge, you’ll examine how the dysfunction in these neurobiological circuits can ultimately result in an individual’s pursuit of reward or relief by substance use and other behaviours.
Examine the biopsychosocial model of addiction
You’ll delve into the causes of substance use disorders including environmental factors and childhood traumatic events.
This will help you discuss the biopsychosocial model of addiction and its implications for the prevention and treatment of addiction disease.
Explore addiction treatment with industry experts
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to explain how understanding addiction as a chronic disease positively impacts the survival and recovery of people with addiction.
Learning from the experts at The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), you’ll also be able to identify the primary medications used in addiction treatment and their effect on the brain’s circuits and homeostasis.
With this knowledge, you’ll have a better understanding of your patients with substance use disorders and know how to improve the quality of treatment you provide.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Discuss the biopsychosocial model of addiction and its implications for the prevention and treatment of the disease of addiction.
- Explain what occurs in the brain of a person with addiction in terms of the brain’s neurobiology.
- Explain how the understanding of addiction as a chronic, treatable disease impacts the survival and recovery of people with addiction.
- Describe how traumatic events in childhood may predispose people to develop addiction.
- Explore the roles social and environmental factors play in addiction.
- Explore triggering and causes of relapse in patients with substance use disorder.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for healthcare professionals who see patients at risk for or with addiction.
It is most suited for those new to addiction medicine, such as primary care physicians, clinicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and behavioral health.
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