UTC 9: Advanced Pharmacology and Substance Use Disorders

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This 3-days course provides an overview of pharmacology through the identification of the classification of drugs based on their effects on the central nervous system and addiction potential. It provides an understanding of the role of neurotransmitters in the development of addiction and the psychological implications on substance use disorders.

Participants will review routes of administration and discuss the progression of substance use to substance use disorder. The research related to the co-occurrence of psychiatric disorders (e.g., mood, bipolar, psychiatric, and anxiety disorders) with substance use disorders will be presented while examining the importance of integrated treatment.

This course will address the need of both the substance use disorder and the co-occurring psychiatric disorder at the same time in the same location by an integrated treatment team. Participants will come to understand the social implications of substance use disorders; its impact the community, the family system and the individual.

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