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Biopsychosocial Model of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Biopsychosocial Model of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Historically, substance-related and addictive disorders were viewed from the perspective of the medical or disease model. Unfortunately, this approach neglected other critical factors that are central to the etiology of these disorders. The biopsychosocial model takes a more holistic perspective, emphasizing biological, sociocultural, and psychological factors that relate to the risk of these disorders. This course will present an overview of this model’s primary assumptions, how it differs from other perspectives on substance-related and addictive behaviors, and how it can inform your approach to treatment. The goal of this course is to provide social workers, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and nurses in health and human services with information on how the biopsychosocial model is used in treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders.

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