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Adolescents and Addiction

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 4 hours Pharmacology: 1 hour
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 2397 reviews

Course Summary

By the twelfth grade, around half of all high school students have used an illicit drug at least once in their lifetimes. Many other substances, such as aerosol sprays and glues, are even easier for adolescents to obtain and use. Medical professionals need to be aware of the warning signs of an adolescent substance use disorder and the relationship between mental disorders and addiction in order to properly diagnose and treat these young individuals.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Types Of Substance Use Disorders
    1. Alcohol
    2. Illegal Drugs
      1. Marijuana
      2. Opioids
      3. Stimulants
    3. Prescription Drugs
      1. Opioids
      2. Stimulants
      3. Central Nervous System Depressants
    4. Household Items
      1. Inhalants
      2. Poisoning or Ingestion
    5. Tobacco
  3. Contributing Factors To A Substance Use Disorder
    1. Family and Social Environment
    2. Mental Health Disorders
    3. Genetics
    4. Family History
    5. Trauma
  4. Signs And Symptoms Of A Substance Use Disorder
    1. Changes in Appetite
    2. Changes in Sleep Patterns
    3. Withdrawal from Activities
    4. Changes in Appearance
    5. Changes in Personality
    6. Neglecting Responsibilities
  5. Co-occurring Mental Illness And Addiction
    1. Depression
    2. ADHD
    3. Bipolar Disorder
    4. Other Brain Disorders
  6. Substance Use Disorder Treatment
    1. Inpatient Treatment Programs
    2. Outpatient Treatment Programs
    3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    4. Motivational Interviewing
    5. Outpatient Support Groups
    6. Family Therapy Groups
    7. Medical Intervention
      1. Methadone
      2. Buprenorphine
      3. Naltrexone
      4. Benzodiazepines
      5. Acamprosate
      6. Disulfiram
  7. DSM-5 Criteria In The Diagnosis Of A Substance Use Disorder
  8. Summary


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