Addiction- A Biopsychosocial Model

Substance abuse and addiction result from a complex interaction involving the mind-altering substance used and the individualized biopsychosocial response of the user. This CENAPS® Home Study Course presents a model that integrates over forty years of scientific research on addiction into a practical and easy to understand model that can improve assessment, recovery education, and treatment planning.

The biopsychosocial model establishes addiction as a brain disease that causes personality problems and social dysfunction. The Biopsychosocial Model allows us to make a clear and accurate distinction between substance use, abuse, and addiction. It also allows the progressive symptoms of addiction to be readily identified and organized into progressive stages. This information is presented in clear and easy to understand language that avoids technical jargon. As a result, it is ideal for use in recovery education with addicted people and their families. Upon completing this CENAPS® Home Study Course, participants will have a solid understanding of; risk factors, the biopsychosocial symptoms of both substance abuse and addiction, and will be able to describe the progressive stages of addiction and the biopsychosocial symptoms in each stage.



Upon completion of this CENAPS® Home Study Course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe a system that classifies alcohol and other drugs, into four basic drug categories, which is based on the subjective mood altering drugs effect.
  2. Explain the biopsychosocial risk factors for substance abuse and addiction.
  3. Explain the difference between the normal brain response and the addictive brain response to a drug.
  4. Explain the biopsychosocial symptoms, of both substance abuse and addiction, which can be used to objectively evaluate the alcohol and drug use patterns of the client to confirm or rule out substance abuse or addiction.

The first part of the course is a thorough review of alcohol and other drugs and how the mind-altering substances of these drugs can activate abuse and addiction. It describes a system of four basic drug categories that is based upon the subjective mood altering effect of each drug category. A clear description is presented of how each class of drug works, its desired subjective effect, and why it can be dangerous. 


The second section explains why some people are at high-risk of both substance abuse and addiction if they decide to use mind-altering substances. The physical, psychological, and social risk factors that set people up for addiction are explained. After completing this section you will know what sets people up for abuse and addiction and how you can recognize if you or someone you love may be at high-risk. 

The final portion of the course describes the progressive biopsychosocial symptoms of both substance abuse and addiction. It shows how these symptoms can develop slowly and unnoticed in the lives of normal people. It explains how to objectively evaluate people’s alcohol and drug use patterns to see if they have a substance abuse or addiction problem.  It also explains how to recognize and stop denial so addicted people can see the truth about their alcohol and drug use and take effective action to break out of the addiction cycle


This 3 credit hour course is offered for only $49.00 and inlcudes all material needed to complete the course. 



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