Catalogue 2013 - 2014

SW 310 Substance Abuse and the Family


3 cr.


Some background in sociology, psychology, or social work is preferred, but not a Prerequisite.

Course Description

Students survey the field of substance abuse prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and policy. The course discusses the myths surrounding substance abuse, identifies who is at most risk, and looks at the progression from substance use to substance addiction. Students learn about the effects of substance abuse in the family and discuss differential interventions and treatment. The course looks at substance abuse policy in the United States, including the effects of the mass media on use.