Addiction is a treatable, chronic, relapsing brain disease that is the product of a complex combination of genetic and environmental factors. The individual with addiction experiences compulsive, repetitive use of a substance, despite increasingly negative consequences and often despite a fervent desire to quit. The chronic nature of the disease manifests itself as a craving, which can be triggered weeks, months, or even years after use of a substance has ceased and may lead to relapse. The goal of this course is on understanding addiction to substances.
The Biology of Addiction course is eligible for 3.0 CNE Contact Hours (3.0 Pharmacology Contact Hours).
- Define addiction.
- Describe the impact of addiction as a public health problem in the United States.
- Discuss the roles of nature and nurture in the future development of addictive behaviors.
- Discuss theories of brain function as they relate to addiction.
- Define cross-addiction.
- List pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options for addiction.