Learn basic pharmacological terms and concepts, as well as current understandings from neuroscience research on abuse, addiction, and recovery.


Beginner to Advanced

Learning objectives

  • Describe the science of substance abuse and addiction, why it is understood as a brain disorder, and how this influences relapse-prevention planning.
  • Explain the basic pharmacology of addictive drugs on the brain and body and their connection to self-destructive behavior.
  • Demonstrate basic techniques of how to talk to clients from a brain-disorder perspective.