CE / Trainer course

The Brain and the Disease of Addiction

Course Overview

In this course, you will learn about the disease of addiction by looking at how the brain is affected by substances such as drugs and alcohol and how the disease of addiction develops. This course is for individuals, parents, students, healthcare professionals and groups and organizations who will benefit from an understanding and knowledge of the science of the disease of addiction.

What You Will Learn

  • You will acquire a foundational understanding of how the brain is affected from substances such as drugs and alcohol.
  • Describe how the disease of addiction develops.
  • An understanding of brain neuroplasticity and how through treatment and recovery the brain can change/reset.

Course Outline

  1. Addiction/Substance Use Disorder Historical View
  2. Definition of Addiction
    a. ASAM – Detailed
    b. Brief
  3. Number of Americans Affected, Treatment Gap, Barriers, and Recommendations
  4. Cause and Risk Factors
  5. Effects on the Brain
  6. Regions of the Brain Functions
    a. Limbic System and the Reward Pathway
    b. Dopamine and Neurotransmitters
    c. Reliance, Tolerance and Self Control
    d. Brain is Rewired
    e. Effect on the Survival Hierarchy
    f. Putting it all Together
  7. Withdrawal
  8. Relapse
  9. Neuroplasticity – The Brain’s Ability to Change/Reset
  10. Drug Classifications
  11. Activity (online)
  12. End Notes and Resources

Online CE Course

Online, self-paced continuing education.

2.0 CE Credits

Clinician and layperson accreditation through Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education.


Individual Course: $30



On-Site & Live Online Training

On-site and live online training, available for groups of five or more.

Fill out the form below, email us, or call 844.554.3354 for more information and a custom quote.

Trainer Course

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Removing the Shame and Stigma

Fees: $225/person

  • Prerequisite course: $45 pp
  • Course Training: $150 pp
  • Course Kit: $30 pp

Annual Program License: $400/per group

  • Access for one or more trainers within an organization to use the materials

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