Empire State College:  State University of New York Skip navigation Home | MyESC | Site Index

MyESC Site Map

Check announcements and deadlines, contact someone for help and get to the pages and services you use the most.
Check your financial and academic records, activate your login, and update your contact information.
Register for your studies, find tutorials and other information about registration.
Access your online courses, choose your studies for upcoming terms, and plan your studies.
Visit the online library, get help with writing and math, find a tutor and more.
Financial aid and scholarships, billing, college bookstore, disabilities services and all other student services.


Center for Distance Learning Home > Distance Learning Catalog > Community & Human Services >

Course Description:

This course will enable students to identify and explain theories of addiction, the limitations of these theories, and current clinical criteria for defining substance use disorders. This course will examine substance use disorders from a clinical and personal perspective. It will consider the dynamics of change and challenge conventional wisdom and stereotypical thinking. Drug classifications and impact on brain chemistry will be reviewed. Further, students will gain basic knowledge of psychopharmacology, tools for screening and assessment, counseling techniques, and treatment medications. Students will learn basic concepts about recovery and relapse, mutual recovery groups, harm reduction, and the effects of substance use disorders on families. The course will briefly explore the effects of substance use disorders on people with co-occurring mental health disorders, HIV/hepatitis B/C, and specific populations such as adolescents, women, and older adults. Students will also explore and reflect upon their beliefs, preconceptions, and attitudes about people with substance use disorders throughout the course. This course will enable the student to conceptualize, explain and apply knowledge to variety of issues specific to substance user disorders, addiction, screening, assessment, treatment, and recovery.

One required assignment involves direct visitation to and observation of a 12 step/mutual help group.

Note: This course is also offered at CDL in a 6 credit format. Students may only take either CHS-253184 or CHS-253186, not both.

Course Prerequisites - Students must have a foundational understanding of human and/or health services.

NOTE: This course was previously offered as Chemical Addictions: Theory and Practice (253184) for four credits. Students who completed 253184, should not take Addiction and Dependency.

This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Spring 2. Summer. Fall 1. Fall 2.

For Books and Materials List Go to the Online Bookstore