What is a substance use disorder?
SUDs and the impact on the brain
Primary substance and deficient neurotransmitter systems
Is SUD a choice or a compulsion?
Overdose: What's happening and why?
Substance Use Disorder Pathology
Through this bundle, you will gain an understanding of the neuropathology of substance use disorder and how the information offered may impact the services you offer as a substance use provider. Due to the current national opioid epidemic, this bundle provides most examples based on how opioids affect an individual. Key take-aways include: fundamental definitions and concepts – like the difference between dependence, tolerance, and substance use disorder; understanding some of the neurological changes that happen in the brain; recognizing some of the circumstances and conditions that could put a person at an elevated risk for an opioid overdose; and how to distinguish between opioid intoxication and an overdose.
Meet the Instructor
Marc Dones is a leader in equity-based systems transformation and was the Director fo SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities). Marc's work has focused on transforming service delivery systems to better care for vulnerable populations. Previously, Marc worked at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services designing and implementing program and policy responses for youth experiencing homelessness and LGBTQ communities facing health inequities.
The tapas in this bundle include:
- What is a substance use disorder (SUD)? (7 mins)
- SUDs and the impact on the brain (10 mins)
- Primary substance and deficient neurotransmitter systems (7 mins)
- Is SUD a choice or a compulsion (5 mins)
- Overdose: What's happening and why? (12 mins)
- Estimated length: 41 minutes
- Subject: Substance use disorder pathology
- Course type: Self-paced, short video tutorials
- Covered topics: Substance use disorder, pathology, overdose, opioids