Topics in Addiction

HESC001    TOPICS IN ADDICTION        

COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title:          Topics in Addiction
Code:                    HESC001    
Hours:                   Lec – 2 cr. Hrs.        Lab –0 Hrs.        Cln – 0 Hr.        Cr. Hr.  – 2.
Faculty offering the course: Faculty of Health Sciences

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Addiction is a medical, psychosocial, and economic issue that affects the human population of every nation on earth. It severely disrupts bodily functions, ruins families and destroys societies. This course will introduce basic aspects of addiction and identify their toxic effects on the human body. In this course, students will explore how addiction develops, looking at the environmental, genetic and personal risks involved. They will also understand what happens when a drug enters the body and how it affects the brain, and how this process can make recovering from addiction a challenge. Substances like alcohol, cocaine, nicotine, sedative-hypnotics, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates, and other substances causing health problems in our culture are identified and discussed. Emphasis on symptoms of use and abuse, and the treatment approaches for drug abuse and addiction.

COURSE AIM
This course is designed to provide students with basic and fundamental knowledge about the most commonly abused substances in our society.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS
Lectures.

LIST OF REFERENCES
The Effects of Drug Abuse on the Human Nervous System
Drugs, addiction and the Brain, George Koob, Michael Arends, Michael le Moal, Elsevier, 2014.  
Clark M, Finkel R, Rey J. Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews in Pharmacology, 4thed., Lippincott Williams and Willkins, 2008.
www.pubmed.com