ADL - Academy for Distance Learning

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Learn about the psychological effect of a range of drugs. Develop your skills in understanding the effects of legal, illegal and prescribed drugs on the mind, body and behaviour. Topics covered include stimulants, narcotics, hallucinogens, marijuana, steroids, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, solvents, sedatives, prescription drugs, etc.

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Lesson Structure: Psychopharmacology (Drugs & Psychology) BPS302

There are 11 lessons:

Scope and nature of drugs; legal and illegal
How heroin is used
Medical consequences of chronic heroin abuse
Names used for heroin
Effects of drugs on the individual and society
Community acceptance
Why people use drugs
Addiction; how drugs work in the brain
Central nervous system
Physiological and psychological effects of drugs
Alcohol effects
Sedative effects
Stimulant effects
Psychological effects of drugs
Legally restricted drugs: Stimulants and narcotics
Symptoms of abuse
How cocaine is abused
How does cocaine effect the brain
What adverse effects does cocaine have on health
Added danger; cocaethylene
Treatment options
Scope of cocaine abuse
Abuse symptoms
Forms and dangers
Designer drugs
Ecstacy pill
Legally restricted drugs: Hallucinogens and marijuana
Effects of hallucinogens
Symptoms of abuse
Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
Effects of marijuana on the brain
Symptoms of abuse, forms of marijuana and dangers
Phencylidine (PCP)
Symptoms of abuse, forms of PCP and dangers
Legally restricted drugs: Steroids
Symptoms of abuse, forms of steroids and dangers
Legal drugs: Alcohol
Symptoms of abuse and dangers with alcohol
Staying in control with alcohol
Alcohol amnestic syndrome (Korsakoff's syndrome)
Treating korsakoff's syndrome)
Alcohol and the developing brain
Legal drugs: Tobacco, caffeine and solvents
Nicotine addiction
Effects of nicotine on the circulatory system
Caffeine addiction
Solvents (volitile solvent abuse): symptoms and dangers
Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
Prescription drugs (Over the counter or OTC)
Groups of prescription drugs
Misuse of OTC drugs
Treatments for opioid addiction
CNS depressants
Stimulant abuse and treatment for stimulant addiction
Sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs
Anti anxiety drugs
Prescription drugs for schizophrenia and affective disorders
Onset of schizophrenia
Symptoms of schizophrenia
Treatment for schizophrenia
Anti psychotic drugs
Patient support system
Depressive disorders
Type of depression
Unipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder
Causes of depression
Anti depressants
Treatment and preventative education
Drug addictionBehavioural and psychosocial treatments for drug addiction
Treatments for heroin addiction
Behavioural therapies for heroin addiction
Each lesson requires the completion of an assignment which is submitted to the academyl, marked by the academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Learning Goals: Psychopharmacology (Drugs & Psychology) BPS302

To understand the origins and changes in drug use in society;
To identify patterns of drug-taking behaviour;
To identify social, psychological and physical consequences of drug-taking on the individual;
To understand the effects of stimulants and narcotics on the individual;
To understand the effects of hallucinogens and marijuana on the individual;
To understand the effects of anabolic steroids on the individual;
To determine health and behavioural outcomes of alcohol use and mis-use;
To determine health and behavioural outcomes of nicotine, caffeine and solvent use and misuse;
To understand the effects of the major categories of OTC drugs and prescription regulations;
To understand the effects of sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs on the brain and behaviour;
To understand the effects of different types of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs on the brain and behaviour;
To describe different methods of treatment and prevention of drug-abuse and to discuss ways of educating the public as to the outcomes of taking drugs.

Explain through case studies the difference between drug abuse and drug misuse;
Explain through examples the difference between recreational and instrumental drug-taking;
Describe major changes in drug taking behaviour from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century;
Investigate why some people are more likely than others to engage in drug abuse behaviour;
Contrast the difference of attitudes to drug taking between cultures;
Differentiate between drug tolerance and behavioural tolerance;
Differentiate between physical and psychological drug dependence;
Describe factors contributing to physiological effects of a drug on the body;
Learn how psychoactive drugs affect neurotransmitters;
Consider how personal expectations influence the effects of drug taking;
Learn how cocaine affects the mind and body;
List side effects of long and short-term amphetamine use;
Explain how to treat cocaine and amphetamine users;
Explain how heroin affects the mind and body;
Describe how narcotics been used successfully in medicine;
Describe how opiates affect the brain;
Discuss the effectiveness of the main approaches to treating heroin abuse;
Discuss the negative effects regular marijuana use has on quality of life;
Discuss the use of steroids in sport and drug control of athletes;
Identify health behavioural, and lifestyle outcomes of alcohol use and misuse;
Develop a case study of a person being treated with anti-anxiety drugs;
Consider how anti-psychotic drugs work in the brain;
Identify the main three types of anti-depressants;
Identify drugs used to alleviate panic attacks and bipolar disorder;
Consider dilemmas faced when trying to test out new drugs for schizophrenia;
Discuss the 'bio-psychosocial' approach to treatment of drug abuse;
Describe the stage theory of treatment and recovery.

This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).

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