Overview of Substance Use Disorders: Part 1

Overview of Substance Use Disorders: Part 1 

As someone who works with individuals who have substance use disorders, you know how difficult it can be to understand why people continue to use drugs despite extremely adverse consequences. In Part 1 of this training, you will explore the process of substance use disorders and how they develop, as well as an understanding of why some individuals develop them while others do not. Throughout this course, you will learn about the stages of “addiction” and deepen your understanding of how “normal” behaviors can develop into dangerous ones. Drawing upon guidelines from the National Institutes of Health as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this training offers you a comprehensive look at these sometimes fatal disorders, including their effects on others. The material in this course is designed for paraprofessionals working with individuals who have substance use disorders. Detailed examples and interactive exercises will help you to apply these competencies in your own setting. After completing this training, you will be ready to demonstrate best practices for the individuals you serve who struggle with substance use disorders.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Connecticut Certification Board

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-OSUDPART1
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Explain the process of how substance use disorders develop.
Describe the stages involved in the substance use process.
Recognize the short-term and long-term effects of substance use disorders.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Substance Use Disorder: How It All Begins A. Meet Louis B. Why Do SUDs Begin? C. Why Do They Do It? D. Remember . . . E. The “Addictive Personality” F. Behaviors Don’t Just Stop with Substance Use G. How Do SUDs Start? H. Healthy Relationships I. SUDs and Loneliness J. SUDs and Avoidance K. Good vs. Bad L. Thinking Like a Child M. Different Kinds of High N. Understanding Louis’ SUD Process O. Practice What You’ve Learned P. Section Summary Section 3: Stages of the SUD Process A. The Three Stages of an SUD B. Stage One: Internal Changes C. More on Stage One D. Seductive Stage One E. Flip Flopping between SUDs F. Turning the SUD Inside G. Addictive Logic H. Delusions of SUDs I. Stage Two: Lifestyle Change J. More Lifestyle Changes K. Developing Rituals L. Relationship Damage M. Acting Out Becomes Dangerous N. Stage Three: Total Lifestyle Breakdown O. Meet Kelcey P. When Nothing Seems to Work Anymore Q. Physical Breakdown R. Breaking the Cycle S. Let’s Review T. Section Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenkins is a Counseling Psychologist, and a professor of psychology at Wagner College in New York. He teaches a variety of courses, including Health Psychology, Psychological Testing, Psychopathology, Sleep and Dreams, Principles of Counseling Psychology, and Positive Psychology. He also has extensive clinical experience, and has worked in prisons, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and college counseling centers providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychoeducational workshops. He is an associate fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and completed a year-long post-doctoral training at the institute. Dr. Jenkins scholarly works have been published in top psychological journals and edited books, and presented at national conferences. Disclosure: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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