What you will learn

  • 1

    How Do I Know If I Have a Drug Use Disorder?

    • Getting started with the Drug Use Disorder Guide

    • When is your drug use a problem?

    • Clinical presentation

    • Prevalence

    • Measuring drug use and its impact

    • Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) (pdf version)

    • Drug Abuse Severity Rating Scale (pdf version)

  • 2

    Causes of Drug Use Disorder

    • What to look for in this section

    • Rate causes of drug abuse

    • Abuse and stress

    • Learning theory

    • Physician characteristics

    • Social and cultural influences on drug abuse

    • Does genetics play a role in drug abuse?

    • The chemistry of drug addiction

    • Connectivity: Reward and executive networks

    • Neural networks and drug use

  • 3

    Effective Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

    • What to look for in this section

    • Rate treatments for Drug Abuse

    • Pharmacological approaches to drug addiction

    • Harm reduction methods and drug abuse

    • Can psychotherapy help me overcome my addiction problem?

    • Behavioural couples therapy for substance abuse

    • Cognitive behavioural therapy for substances (CBT-S)

    • 12-Step Programs for drug abuse

    • Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and the Matrix Method

    • Alternative Therapies & Acupuncture

  • 4


    • Putting It All Together

    • References