Overview & Objectives


Substance Abuse and Addictions covers fiveĀ topics:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Misuse of Prescription Drugs
  • Drug Abuse and Addiction


  • understand a set of fundamentals about neurobiology and how drugs of abuse change the brain
  • recognize that drug addiction is a treatable, chronic brain disease
  • experience the process of scientific inquiry and develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and methods of science
  • appreciate the role of science in society and the relationship between basic science and human health. understand that drug abuse initially is a voluntary behavior
  • to define drug addiction as the continued compulsive drug abuse despite known adverse health or social consequences
  • understand that drug abuse and addiction are associated with long-term physical and functional changes in the brain
  • recognize that addiction is influenced by biological factors (for example, genetics and age) and by the social and behavioral context of drug use.