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The Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction

Author: SAMHSA
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Course Created: 2016

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

The Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction reviews brain research on the neurobiological processes that turn casual substance use into a compulsive disorder.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the brain regions involved in SUDs
  • Discuss the addiction cycle
  • Describe the factors that increase risk for SUDs

Course Syllabus

  • Conducting Research on the Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction
  • The Primary Brain Regions Involved in Substance Use Disorders
  • The Addiction Cycle
  • Binge/Intoxication Stage - Basal Ganglia
  • Withdrawal/Negative Affect Stage - Extended Amygdala
  • Factors that Increase Risk for Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction
  • Use of Multiple Substances and Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions
  • Biological Factors Contributing to Population-based Differences in Substance Misuse and Substance Use Disorders
  • Recommendations for Research


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