Human Services 1125
Introduction to Addictions

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Course Information

It is estimated that each day, 20,000,000 people are affected by the phenomenon called addiction. Whether it be to substances such as alcohol, heroin, cocaine, nicotine, and refined sugar, or to processes such as gambling, work, spending, relationships, and the Internet, addiction permeates many of the lives in American society, causing physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual devastation. What causes this? How does it work? What can be done to remedy it? For these answers and more, enroll in Human Services 1125 - An Introduction to Addictions, offered by the Human Services Department at the College of DuPage.

Course Description

This course will present an overview of addiction. We will investigate historical and cultural attitudes towards drug ( including alcohol) use; physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual factors surrounding addiction; and clinical manifestations of both prevention and treatment. The concept of addiction as a disease will be examined. The class will utilize the educational properties of the Internet to facilitate learning branches, like the branches of a river, for you to pursue a wider body of knowledge and stimulate informed thought and discussion on the topic.



There are no course prerequisites to this class, however, to benefit from this Internet delivered class, you should have intermediate to advanced computer skills.

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