Overview of Common Drugs of Abuse: Understanding Effects, Withdrawal and Treatment

All Clinical Social Workers, LCPCs and other mental health professionals must work with clients and family members that struggle with use and abuse of various substances. Many clinicians do not receive even basic information on the various substances commonly abused by clients. It is important for all social workers to have at least a rudimentary understanding of the substances abused in our society, including their side effects, withdrawal phenomenon, and treatment of abuse. This half day workshop – taught by a physician with years of experience working with patients dealing with addiction issues – will educate Social Workers on the important aspects of the various drugs of abuse. Topics covered include the current theories of the neurobiology of addiction. Substances to be discussed include alcohol, nicotine, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, barbituates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, and others.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the epidemiology of addiction in society.
  • Understand the current theory explaining the biology of addiction.
  • Identify the various side effects and withdrawal phenomenon associated with abused drugs.
  • Identify various treatment options for commonly abused drugs.

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