VIDEO: Substance Abuse And Addiction

About the Course:
Addiction to drugs and alcohol effects millions of people. Addiction was and sometimes still is seen as a moral failing or lack of willpower. In truth, addiction is a disease which is chronic, progressive and often leads to harmful and often devastating consequences. There are a number of factors that may increase any person's risk for addiction. Health care professionals may be at increased risk for a number of reasons including accessibility to narcotics. The American Nurses' Association estimates that one in ten nurses abuse alcohol or drugs. Doctors and nurses account for one of the highest rates of addiction in the workforce. According to USA Today, "Across the country, more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professionals struggle with abuse or addiction, mostly involving narcotics such as Oxycodone and Fentanyl. "During this three hour presentation participants will gain knowledge and increased understanding about the nature and scope of addiction. We will look at factors which contribute to the cycle of addiction and the physical and emotional impact of addiction. Participants will gain knowledge about the types of treatment and interventions which play a critical role in supporting an individual's ability to begin and maintain recovery from addiction.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify substance dependence and addiction.
2. List stages in the cycle of addiction.
3. Identify specific risk factors for healthcare professionals.
4. List the signs, symptoms and effects of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, opiate, heroin and stimulant use.
5. List the factors contributing to the high rates associated with opiate addiction.
6. Identify treatment interventions and how they may be used in combination with one another to treat addiction.
7. Identify the three critical factors which contribute to resilience and recovery maintenance.

About the Author:
Amy Burzinski is a licensed independent social worker, received her master's degree from Columbia University in New York. Amy has worked as a clinician in schools, mental health agencies, residential treatment, nursing homes and employee assistance programs. Amy provides education and training on diverse mental health topics including child abuse and neglect. Amy has presented for a variety of organizations, schools and hospitals in the United States.