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Substance Abuse: Alcoholism & Chemical Dependencies
Substance Abuse: Alcoholism & Chemical Dependencies

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Psychologist CEs, Counselor CEUs, Social Worker CEUs, MFT CEUs


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1. What is Alcohol Dependence/Alcoholism defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders?
2. What are the widely used structured assessment instruments?
3. What is Tolerance to a Drug?
4. Over the past century, many theories have been proposed to describe the etiology of drug abuse. These Theories are categorized in what three main subgroups?
5. What is the first step to getting better from alcohol problems?
6. What term is generally used to describe a common reaction of people with substance use disorders who, when confronted with the existence of those disorders, deny that they have a substance abuse problem?
7. Alcohol and drug counselors providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) services directly or through referral need to be aware of legal and ethical issues in what areas?
8. What is the term that Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) uses to examine features of families based on, common groupings that influence the process of therapy?
9. The traditional referral system from substance abuse treatment programs to outside agencies can create obstacles to effective collaboration. What are the barriers to effective collaboration?
10. What circumstances should prompt a diagnostic referral?
11. How can the community develop a plan for research-based prevention?
12. The personal characteristics of those particularly liable to use drugs have been obtained by comparing using with nonusing adolescents in the same schools. What is the one of the characteristics looked at from time to time?
13. What are the consequences of an adult who abuses substances and lives alone or with a partner?
14. What is used in determining if an employee may be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol that would warrant the employee to be tested?
15. Who can conduct a brief intervention?
16. What are the steps required for the "Build Up Your Courage Muscles" exercise?
17. Social workers and other behavioral health professionals are likely to encounter individuals with substance use disorders in a variety of practice settings outside of specialty treatment. What is the goal of Social workers and other behavioral health professionals?


A. Addiction Severity Index (ASI); Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI); Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID); Alcohol Use Disorders and Associated Disabilities Interview Schedule (AUDADIS); Psychiatric Research Interview for Substance and Mental Disorders (PRISM); and Semi-Structured Assessment for Drug Dependence and Alcoholism (SSADDA).
B. Physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms, frequent consumption of alcohol in larger amounts that intended over longer periods, and a need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication.
C. Social, Psychological, and Biological.
D. Need to increase the dose in order to obtain the same effect. Intimately connected with, but not equivalent to physical dependence.
E. Denial.
F. Understanding the available treatment options — from behavioral therapies and medications to mutual-support groups.
G. Specific Populations
H. Discrimination against recovering individuals, welfare reform, and confidentiality.
I. When prenatal alcohol exposure is known, a child should be referred for full FAS evaluation when substantial prenatal alcohol use has been confirmed; and When information regarding prenatal alcohol exposure is unknown, a child should be referred for full FAS evaluation for any one of the following: any report of concern by a parent or caregiver that a child has or might have FAS; presence of all three facial features; presence of one or more of these facial features, with growth deficits in height, weight, or both; presence of one or more facial features, with one or more CNS abnormalities; or presence of one or more facial features, with growth deficits and one or more CNS abnormalities.
J. designation of which agency has major responsibility for a client, funding sources (e.g., payment to only one treatment agency), difficult-to-treat clients, and differing staff credentials.
K.The IQ of drug users tends to be good to superior, quite different from that reported for the typical delinquent, whose IQ is slightly below normal. Despite their good IQs, prospective drug users tend to be underachievers in school. They report a lack of motivation to do well at school; they are not particularly interested in going on to college; and they generally don’t like school very much.
L. Identifies the specific drugs and other child and adolescent problems in a community; Builds on existing resources (e.g., current drug abuse prevention programs); Develops short-term goals relevant to implementation of research-based prevention programs; Projects long-term objectives so that plans and resources are available for the future; and Incorporates ongoing assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention strategies.
M. Signs and symptoms of drugs and alcohol.
N. Economic and Psychological. Money may be spent for drug use; the partner often assumes the provider role. Psychological consequences may include denial or protection of the person with the substance abuse problem, chronic anger, stress, anxiety, hopelessness, inappropriate sexual behavior, neglected health, shame, stigma, and isolation.
O. To be familiar with 12-Step approaches so that they are better able to make informed referrals that match clients to mutual support groups that best meet the individual’s needs and maximize the likelihood of engagement and positive outcomes.
P. A licensed provider or an ancillary provider working under the general supervision of the licensed provider: Physicians; Physician’s Assistant; Nurse Practitioners; Licensed Psychologist;and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Q. Support, a history of success, and a courage talisman.

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