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Substance Abuse Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Perspective 4th Edition - CEs FOR ONLINE BOOK

by Brian Kelley, PhD 20 CE Credits

Substance use and abuse is a public health epidemic impacting our families, friends, neighbors, schools, communities, counties, states, and collectively our world. Although the costs of cancer and diabetes are at record-breaking numbers, $157 billion dollars and $131.7 billion dollars respectively, the cost of substance abuse far surpasses both diseases combined at about $600 billion dollars annually. Substance abuse also accounts for over 30% of the homeless individuals in America and approximately 66% of the Federal prison inmates suffer from a substance use disorder.  Over 3 million individuals 12 and over used an illicit drug for the first time within the past 12 months, at a rate of approximately 8,000 new users a day.  Drug abuse problems are not limited to just the US.  An estimated 210 million people globally use drugs each year, and about 200,000 die from such use.  Illicit drug use is one of the top 20 health risk factors globally—keep in mind that many people across the globe have limited access to clean drinking water, nutritious food, employment, or any kind of healthcare.  Substance or chemical use disorders are associated with an increased risk of HIV/AIDS, cancer, accidental injury, hepatitis, tuberculosis, suicide, overdose deaths, and cardiovascular diseases.


While concerns regarding drug abuse and its consequences seem overwhelming, there is some good news. Scientific progress has made the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse more effective. In particular, research has shed more light on the role developmental stage plays in the substance abuse process. This online book is designed to introduce psychologists and health professionals to the fundamental biopsychosocial concepts of chemical dependency across the lifespan. Specifically, a theory- and evidence-based overview of the concept of addiction, the history of addiction treatment, basic types of drugs and their distinct effects, and implications for treatment planning and delivery are presented emphasizing important risk factors and substance abuse problems prevalent at each stage of development.


This EBook available at BVT Publishing, employs a number of tested pedagogical features.  Each of the 10 chapters begins with an overview along with specific learning objectives and ends with a detailed chapter summary.  All drugs discussed in the text include a compressive summary table of their key features.  A list of bold face words and case studies are provided at the end of each chapter. Also, each chapter includes of a number of contemporary ethical and reflective, group discussion, and applied questions as well as practical exercises, specifically designed to engage the participant in developing or enhancing real-life problem solving skills. 


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ONLINE BOOK ITSELF MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY from BVT Publishing. Click here to purchase the online book.


HealthForumOnline ONLY provides the continuing education (CE) materials associated with Substance Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Perspective 4th Edition. CE materials include online access to the test of learning achieved and brief program evaluation, as well as the ability to generate your own completion certificate upon successful completion of the online test. You can also opt to download PDFs of these related CE materials if you prefer to fax or email your responses to HFO to have your test manually scored and your certificate emailed to you.


Continuing education for this online book is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 20 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemical dependency.
  • Understand the enormous contribution of pharmacokinetics (i.e., bioavailability: absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination) and of pharmacodynamics (i.e., mechanism and site of action) in the initiation, development, and maintenance of abused chemicals.
  • Demonstrate competency in their understanding of the fundamental types of addictive substances and their particular effects.
  • Understand that the various substances have implications for treatment planning, models of treatment, and intervention.
  • Gain an introductory level of understanding about diversity, ethnic, social economic status, developmental age, and gender issues and how they affect addiction assessment and treatment.