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Double Challenge: Addiction and Mental Disorders- The Addiction Course, 8 hours

This class is an overview of addiction, diagnosis, and treatment. It covers the physiology and pharmacology of the most common psychoactive drugs of abuse, how they are used in concert, and their impact on mood and thought process. Dual diagnosis is explored as are the strategies of treating and counseling with consumers who suffer from both addiction and a co-occurring mental disorder. Participants learn to screen for drug/alcohol abuse and dependence and are taught the components of a DSM V diagnosis for addiction. The value and use of Twelve-Step Programs in the treatment of additions is underscored. Effective communication skills are practiced. The course booklet serves as a resource for participants in this interactive information-packed class.