Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior.
Gain an overall understanding of the three stages (or zones) of recovery and recognize the challenges of early recovery including navigating treatment services, connecting with mutual support groups, living sober, preventing relapse and learning self-care.
Certification Areas and Continuing Education: 2 Hours Total
Listen to the voices of recovering users, top alcohol researchers, and treatment professionals as they explore the emotional and physical reasons for drinking, the craving, plus the role genetics and environment plays.
You will review what the author calls the Seven Toxic Compulsions: Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex & Pornography. You will learn effective strategies to self-manage compulsive habits and addictions.
You will be introduced to a Self-Regulation model for understanding pathological gambling. You will also be instructed on diagnosis and assessment, motivational enhancement approaches and specific issues encountered in counseling.
You will gain insight into cyber-sexual compulsive behavior, what drives it, and how it affects individuals, families and society. You will also gain understanding into key components of recovery and healing for the cyber addicted.
You will learn the general effects of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, Shrooms, club drugs, PCP and marijuana. Sports drugs and other addictive behaviors and compulsions are also covered. Understand these drugs in the context of their classification, and history of use, abuse and addiction.
You will learn the general effects of psychoactive stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines, and depressants such as opiates, sedative-hypnotics and alcohol. Students will understand these drugs in the context of their classification, and history of use, abuse and addiction.