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Theories and Biological Basis of Substance Misuse, Part 1

Author: Audrey Begun
Subject: Social work
Source: Ohio State University
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Theories and Biological Basis of Substance Misuse Part 1 (2019) is an OER coursebook applying a biopsychosocial lens for educating an interdisciplinary professional workforce to identify, understand, and address problems related to substance use, substance misuse, and substance use disorders. These materials were developed using a variety of published sources and online materials (NIH, NIAAA, NIDA, SAMHSA, WHO) and the Routledge Handbook of Social Work and Addictive Behavior (2020), edited by A.L. Begun and M.M. Murray. A total of 6 modules are presented in this Part 1 coursebook; an additional 7 modules specific to different types of substances, co-occurring problems, prescription and over-the-counter substance misuse, and pharmacotherapy strategies appear in Theories and Biological Basis of Substance Misuse Part 2 (2020). Each module begins with a brief introduction of the topic and list of reading objectives and concludes with a Module Summary, a linked “Key Terms” section, and full reference citations list. Content for each module is organized into a set of chapters, some of which involve linking to outside reading resources, and various “Stop and Think” interactive activities. The coursebook can be used interactively in the online environment, or can be downloaded as pdf files but the learning activities will no longer be interactive. The coursebook contents are relevant for social work, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, medicine/nursing/allied health, education, and other professional or disciplinary education purposes. An example course syllabus for use in social work education is presented as an Appendix. Modules presented in Theories and Biological Basis of Substance Misuse Part 1 include: Module 1—Introduction; Module 2—Key Definitions, Diagnostic Criteria, Classification of Substances, & Trending Topics; Module 3—Biological Models and Substance Misuse, Pharmacokinetics & Psychopharmacology Principles; Module 4—Psychological Models of Substance Misuse; Module 5—Social Context & Physical Environment Models of Substance Misuse; Module 6—Theory Integration, Transtheoretical Model, and Vulnerability/Risk/Resilience/Protective Factors in Substance Misuse.

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