Domain Four – Client Education

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Understand the difference between substance abuse and substance dependence as per the current DSM.
  2. Acquire basic knowledge of the various models of addiction.
  3. Explain to client the various stages of addiction and recovery.

Be able to explain the following terms:

  1. Addiction
  2. Recovery
  3. Harm reduction
  4. Self Help groups, etc.
  5. Relapse and Relapse Prevention
  6. Abstinence
  7. Sobriety
  8. Wellness (Biopsychosocial)

At the end of this course, the student will:

1. Be able to relate to the client the main psychological features often associated SUD. 2. Help the client understand how their psychological and social strengths and weakness can be related to their recovery.

3. Communicate basic information about the following terms:

  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness
  • Wellness

4. Explain to clients the role of psychiatric medications in recovery.

At the end of this course, the student will:

1. Explain to clients the physical effects of various substances.

  • Stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Analgesics
  • THC etc.

2. Explain to client the role of psychotherapeutic medications associated with drug use and withdrawal.

3. Be able to explain the following terminologies:

  • Therapeutic Medications
  • Antidipostropics (Create adverse physical reactions.)
  • Agonist – drug that can be substituted for the drug of abuse to controllable form of addiction
  • Antagonist – Drugs that occupy the same receptor site on the brain, as does the specific drug of abuse.

At the end of this course, the student will:

Develop an understanding of the following various characteristics of:

a. Major cultural groups represented in client populations, including but not limited to, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans.

b. Special populations:

  • Disabilities
  • Sexual orientation
  • Female
  • Youth
  • Gangs

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Define co-dependency and the roles commonly assumed by families affected by SUD.
  2. Educate the family about the benefit of self-help groups.
  3. Educate the family about the rules commonly found in the addictive family system.
  4. Educate the family about their own personal recovery, as well as, the SUD family member.
  5. When appropriate, describe to the family features of co-dependency.
  6. Help the family understand in the recovery process.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe cultural traditions of various subgroups.
  2. Identify barriers to recovery in various cultures.
  3. Identify social institutions that can support the recovery process.
  4. Describe specific behaviors that counselors should include or avoid when interacting with families.
  5. Describe to family members the basics of pharmacology of substance use disorders at a level that the family is able to understand.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Become familiar with current research based ATOD educational resources (e.g. TIPS etc).
  2. Organize materials for effective presentations
  3. Select content that is relevant to the audience/participants (e.g. clients’ parents’ spouses, CJ and ATOD personnel etc.)
  4. Become familiar with the elements for making effective presentations.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Develop an understanding of the history of opioid use.
  2. Identify the types and effects of opioid substances.
  3. Understand the origin and use of Opioid Replacement Therapies.
  4. Understand the interactions between opioids (synthetic & non-synthetic) and other psychotropic substances (licit & illicit)
  5. Understand the use of Methadone Maintenance in detoxification and in the recovery process.
  6. Become familiar with the new ORT’s (Buprenorphine, etc)
  7. Acquire an understanding of the history of stimulant use.
  8. Identify the types of stimulant substances (licit and illicit).
  9. Understand the interactions between stimulants and other psychotropic substances (licit & illicit)
  10. Become familiar with the current status of pharmacological therapies available for stimulant abusers.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Acquire an understanding of the history of alcohol and sedative use.
  2. Identify the types and effects of sedative substances.
  3. Understand the detoxification process for alcohol and sedatives
  4. Understand the interactions between alcohol and sedatives with other psychotropic substances (licit & illicit)
  5. Understand the impact of alcohol on physiological systems. Acquire an understanding of the history of hallucinogens.
  6. Identify the types and effects of hallucinogenic substances.
  7. Understand the interactions between hallucinogens and other psychoactive substances.

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