• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 13 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • Benita Walton-Moss, DNS, APRN, BC
  • Kathleen M. Woodruff, MS, APRN, BC
  • Joan Kub, PhD, MA, APRN, BC
  • Kathleen L. Becker, MS, CRNP
Workbook Authors:
  • Lynette Jack, PhD, RN, CARN
  • Lori Holleran Steiker, PhD, CISW, ACSW
Item#: B4088
1 Course Book (302 pages), 1 Instruction Booklet (5 pages)

Commonly Abused Substances and the Addiction Process

Price $69.95
Item # B4088
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This updated continuing education course provides a comprehensive overview of substance abuse and the addiction process in the United States. It addresses the prevalence of substance use sociocultural influences prevention strategies and the identification and assessment of patients with substance related disorders as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). Twelve types of commonly used substances are described. Information is provided on therapeutic treatment modalities, including pharmacological psychological group and non-traditional therapies. It concludes with a discussion of substance use among healthcare professionals.

Participants will receive 13 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.

Counselors - Course does not qualify for NBCC credit.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the epidemiology of substance use in the United States.
  • Discuss the concepts and principles of preventing substance abuse.
  • Describe components of a substance abuse assessment.
  • Distinguish among the various substances used.
  • Identify the effects of various substances on the body.
  • Describe the clinical considerations for clients with substance use disorders.
  • Summarize treatment approaches for a drug-dependent client.
  • Discuss the scope of substance use among health care professionals.
Lynette Jack, PhD, RN, CARN, has a Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and has been certified in addictions nursing. She has worked clinically in addictions treatment. She authored several texts in addictions nursing, and has served in elected office for the International Nurses Society on Addictions and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses. Currently the Director of Accelerated Health Programs for Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, which includes undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in nursing, Lynette has taught courses on addictions at undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Addictions Nursing and a frequent presenter on topics related to addictions.

Lori Holleran Steiker, PhD, CISW, ACSW, was an addictions therapist for more than 12 years. During her doctoral program at Arizona State University, Phoenix, she transitioned to research on adolescent substance abuse and prevention. She helped design and evaluate the model Drug Resistance Strategies Project’s “Keepin’ It REAL” curriculum and is presently working on a study of culturally grounded adaptations of that curriculum for high risk youth in community settings. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and was awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is the recent recipient of the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award given by the Society for Social Work and Research.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.