1 hr | $19.97
Certification Areas and Continuing Education: 1 Hour Total
Addiction and the Brain / Pharmacology / Understanding Addiction
The reasons people give up their compulsive behaviors and compulsive use of psychoactive drugs vary, but their reasons almost always include survival. This course explores the phases of recovery: detoxification, initial and long term abstinence and recovery.
Memories are closely tied to relapse and interviews with recovering addicts and treatment professionals provide a window into the most daunting obstacle to any stage of treatment – relapse. The course focuses on understanding the origin of the craving and learning ways to effectively control them.
Recovery is a life-long pursuit and relapse is an insidious specter waiting in the wings to derail the journey. Interviews with people on that journey allow viewers to learn from their real-life stories that form a thread throughout the film. You will learn the “whys” of relapse and the “hows” of remaining clean along with a clear message of hope for those committed to recovery.
The Video is included with the course.
Students will learn the neurochemistry of relapse and recovery.
- Understand the varying reasons that people give up their compulsive use of psychoactive drugs, but their reasons almost always include survival.
- Understand that sensory and emotional triggers cause craving and a subsequent relapse due to their effect on memories, and subsequently, the memories’ effects on feelings and actions.
- Explain in your own words how addictive drugs and compulsive behaviors are psychoactive and work on the survival brain.
- Compare and contrast the two types of memories that effect relapse.