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Understanding Drug Use and Addiction

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Credit Value: 1
Exam Questions: 10
Passing Grade: 8 correct
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Course Description:

This course presents general information on drug use and addiction.  A definition of drug addiction is presented, followed by a description of what happens to the brain when a person takes drugs.  Risk factors and general prevention strategies are discussed. This course is based upon material published in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Drug Facts series and is available as an open access article.

This course on drug use and addiction is designed for peer support counselors, recovery residence administrators, and paraprofessionals who want to work in substance abuse treatment. This course is appropriate for entry level and beginning practitioners.

Authors:  National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; US Department of Health and Human Services.

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding drug use and addiction.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Describe what happens to the brain when a person takes drugs
  • Identify risk factors for drug addiction
  • Recognize general strategies for the prevention of drug use and addiction

Citation:  National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; US Department of Health and Human Services.  August, 2016.  Understanding Drug Use and Addiction. Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD 2018 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here

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Credits: 1 Exam Fee: $11.00 Format: Online
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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit by:

  • The National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Provider #96981. Expires 9/1/2019
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
  • Florida Certification Board


  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-1116 Expires 11-2018


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