Substance Use Disorder Pathology

Substance Use Disorder Pathology

About this course

Through this bundle, you will gain an understanding of the neuropathology of substance use disorder and how the information offered may impact the services you offer as a substance use provider. Due to the current national opioid epidemic, this bundle provides most examples based on how opioids affect an individual. Key take-aways include: fundamental definitions and concepts – like the difference between dependence, tolerance, and substance use disorder; understanding some of the neurological changes that happen in the brain; recognizing some of the circumstances and conditions that could put a person at an elevated risk for an opioid overdose; and how to distinguish between opioid intoxication and an overdose.

Curriculum

  • What is a substance use disorder?
  • SUDs and the impact on the brain
  • Primary substance and deficient neurotransmitter systems
  • Is SUD a choice or a compulsion?
  • Overdose: What's happening and why?
  • Evaluation

About this course

Through this bundle, you will gain an understanding of the neuropathology of substance use disorder and how the information offered may impact the services you offer as a substance use provider. Due to the current national opioid epidemic, this bundle provides most examples based on how opioids affect an individual. Key take-aways include: fundamental definitions and concepts – like the difference between dependence, tolerance, and substance use disorder; understanding some of the neurological changes that happen in the brain; recognizing some of the circumstances and conditions that could put a person at an elevated risk for an opioid overdose; and how to distinguish between opioid intoxication and an overdose.

Curriculum

  • What is a substance use disorder?
  • SUDs and the impact on the brain
  • Primary substance and deficient neurotransmitter systems
  • Is SUD a choice or a compulsion?
  • Overdose: What's happening and why?
  • Evaluation