Treatment, Prevention, and Reinsertion of Drug Users
Accessing and adhering to treatment for substance use disorders involving such drugs as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine is a significant step towards recovery from drug addiction. Drug addiction affects many spheres of life, including family and relationships, housing, education, and employment, and it is also associated with social and economic exclusion. The society also marginalizes problem drug users, making their access to education, employment, and other social support even more difficult. These affected areas can undermine the gains persons have made while in treatment. It is, therefore, increasingly recognized that to improve treatment outcomes, prevent relapse, and ensure successful integration into society, drug addiction must not be treated in isolation. To protect problem drug users or recovering users from further social exclusion and to support them in their integration efforts, it is crucial that we provide individuals with opportunities and tools that are efficient, adequate, and acceptable both for them and for their social environment. Measures addressing such needs as housing, education, vocational, and employment are, therefore, crucial reintegration complements. Social reintegration measures aim to prevent or reverse the social exclusion of current and former persons with substance use disorders and also to facilitate the recovery process and help sustain the outcomes achieved during treatment. This course provides an overview of drug addiction, treatment modalities employed, and prevention strategies and states the approaches that should be taken to ensure social reintegration.
- Define the following terms: drug, illegal drug use, and addiction.
- Give examples of the effects of alcohol use, marijuana use, and cocaine use.
- Explain the areas of the brain involved in addiction
- Explain why addiction is a repeating cycle.
- Identify the six stages of change by Diclimente et al.
- Show how the bio-psychosocial model of health is used to treat persons with substance use disorders.
- List the options for where persons with substance use disorders can go for treatment.
- Discuss prevention strategies to avoid addiction and relapse.
- Discuss the importance of the social integration of drug users.
- Identify three important pillars that need to be addressed for social reintegration and the approaches that should be taken.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 2 hours
- Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
- Language English
- Students 1005
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes