Biological Bases and Psychopharmacology of Addiction   [Archived Catalog]
2011-2012 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum

CC 650 - Biological Bases and Psychopharmacology of Addiction

Prerequisite(s): CC 559 . This course will provide an orientation to the current biological theories of substance abuse as well as other addictions, such as gambling, shopping, sex and food. The course reviews genetics, neurobiology, reward mechanisms, and the effects on the brain, as well as developmental issues. In addition the course will present a) a comprehensive review of commonly abused legal and illegal drugs b) the effects on the body and mind including, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, FES/FAS, dementia, and pregnancy, and c) a review of the current medical, pharmacological, and alternative physical treatments (acupuncture, herbs). There is a special focus on women, children, adolescents, and MISA populations. (3 credits)