101738: Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy (Chapters 1 - 2); and South Boston Drug Court (Chapters 1 - 3)

From the HBO Video Series "Addiction"

About the Course:

This course is based on two films from the HBO Video Series “Addiction.” **Separate links are provided for each of the two films.*

In Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy,
Scott Farnum, Administrator at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine, discusses the different types of opioids and their effects on the brain. Farnum’s lecture explains why replacement therapy is an effective way to recover from opioid addiction.

In South Boston Drug Court, a drug court in South Boston, MA is profiled, showing how the criminal justice system supervises long-term treatment for drug court clients.

Journal/Publisher:

Home Box Office, in association with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

March 2007

Author

Sheila Nevins (producer)

About the Author:

Sheila Nevins is President of Documentary and Family Programming for HBO and Cinemax. She earned a bachelor of the arts degree from Barnard College and a master of fine arts degree from Yale University. Nevins has overseen production of nearly 500 documentaries, earning 9 Oscars, 13 Primetime Emmys, 10 Academy Awards, 22 News and Documentary Emmys, and 18 George Foster Peabody awards for HBO and one personal George Foster Peabody award.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about replacement therapy for opiate addiction and the workings of drug courts. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the difference between varying types of opioids and the reasons for opiate addiction treatment failure.

  2. Identify the drugs used for replacement therapy for opiate abuse and discuss their mechanism of action.

  3. Discuss the concept of drug courts and how they work to help prevent drug use and associated crime.

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