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Substance Use Disorders

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Substance use in the United States and worldwide is a major health concern requiring specially trained health professionals in primary care, public health and treatment centers for the identification of various categories of substance use and its prevention. Substance use and addiction disorders are explained according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria. There is a high risk of substance use among certain groups in society. Although a substance use disorder is typically thought of as illicit drug or chronic alcohol use, commonly occurring within marginalized, crime ridden sectors of society, substance use is a widespread societal problem involving alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illicit drugs, among many individuals indistinguishable from the general population.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          Epidemiology Of Substance Use

III.        What Is A Substance Use Disorder?

IV.         High Risk Drug And Substance Use

1.   Alcohol

2.   Amphetamines/Stimulants

3.   Cocaine

4.   Opioids

5.   Sedative/Hypnotics

V.           Substance Use Disorder: Causes And Consequences

VI.         Substance Use Withdrawal

1.   Alcohol Withdrawal

2.   Opioid Withdrawal

3.   Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

4.   Amphetamine/Stimulant Withdrawal

5.   Cocaine Withdrawal

VII.      Substance Use Disorder Treatment

1.   Intravenous Hydration and Nutritional Support

2.   Alcohol Use Treatment

3.   Opioid Use Treatment

4.   Psychological Treatment

VIII.    Clinical Care Of Patients With A Substance Use Disorder

1.   Hope and Optimism

2.   Nonjudgmental Attitude

3.   Patience and Tolerance

IX.         Summary


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