Drugs, Brains, and Behaviors: The Science of Addiction

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This education course addresses the use and misuse of substances to include  alcohol, nicotine, illicit and prescription drugs. Based on national research Americans spend more than $700 billion a year in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity as a result of substance misuse. In addition there are more than 90,000 deaths from illicit drugs and 480,000 from nicotine each year. This education covers Clinical Intake and Screening and Treatment Planning skills of the Eight Counselor Skill Groups ascribed by NAADAC and NCC AP.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this education course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of the clinical assessment in the development of a client treatment plan;
  2. Identify best practices for preventing drug misuse and addiction;
  3. Understanding how drugs impact the brain and behavior.




NIDA. (2018, July 20). Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction.


Exam written by: Tamika Lett, PhD Human Services, NCAC II, CSAC, CCTP, QMHP A/C