How Stimulants Affect the Brain and Behavior

Tratment For Stimulant Use Disorders: TIP #33

About the Course:

Over the past 20 years, stimulant use in the United States has risen dramatically. Consequently, clinicians, treatment program administrators,and criminal justice officials must be prepared to address problems and needs specific to this population. Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders presents information on the nature and extent of cocaine and methamphetamine abuse, and translates findings from clinical studies into practical treatment guidelines. This course covers Chapter 2 only.


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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about how stimulants affect the brain and behavior. It is appropriate for an intermediate of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe stimulant abuse and the brain.

  2. Identify the difference between abuse and dependence.

  3. Explain the general effects of stimulants.

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