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Summer 2009


Course syllabus for ADDS 518 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, A Systems Approach

Course description: This course will explore a systems approach as it relates to the etiology and treatment of drug and alcohol problems. System theory is based on the recognition that living things are open systems, interacting w/their environments through circular and multi-factorial patterns. Each individual is complex, being composed of many interrelated biological and psychological systems, and is influenced through interaction with multiple social systems such as family, community, society, etc. A systems approach to alcohol and drug problems (a) recognizes the impact of cultural interpersonal and environment influences, (b) recognizes individual differences among people with alcohol and drug problems, and (c) examines treatment models that take these factors into account.