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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 380
Course Title: Substance Abuse
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of substance use and abuse and the progressive nature of addiction. Factors leading to regular and problematic use are explored. An overview of the pharmacological effects of drugs within major drug categories, theories of addiction, intervention, treatment methods and prevention are examined. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course. Textbooks chosen should include theory and technique appropriate for baccalaureate level practice.

Concepts of Chemical Dependency
By Doweiko, H. E. (Brooks/Cole)
Substance Abuse: Information for School Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, and Counselors
By Fischer, G. L., & T. C. Harrison (Allyn & Bacon)
Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective
By Van Wormer, K., & D. R. Davis (Brooks/Cole)
Course Objectives
  • To summarize the various pharmacological, psychological, social and emotional effects of drugs within major drug categories.
  • To understand the major theories of addiction and models of chemical dependency.
  • To understand the process of intake and intervention.
  • To explore the substance abuse treatment system and treatment methods.
    Measurable Learning
  • Explain the major theories of etiology of addiction.
  • Describe the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs, both short and long term.
  • Describe the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the family.
  • List and describe the various signs and symptoms used for assessing addiction.
  • Explain historical and cultural developments in regards to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Define the major terms/language specific to the chemical dependency field.
  • Compare and contrast the strengths and shortcomings of two or more treatment methods.
    Topical Outline: Note: This class will emphasize writing in the APA format and students are expected to improve their research and writing skills.

  • History (legislation, treatment, and attitudes)
  • Pharmacology
  • Definitions of use, abuse and dependence/addiction
  • Continuum of use - progression
  • Models of addiction
  • Effects of chemical dependency on families
  • Screening and assessment
  • Engagement
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Theories, models and methods
  • Multi systematic approach
  • Working with diverse populations
  • Prevention
  • The impact of social policy
  • 12-step programs

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Michael Perkins Date: November 8, 2007
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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