Discussion Questions Substance Abuse

Discussion Questions Substance Abuse

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Discussion Questions Substance Abuse

Discussion 1
Describe the major causes for concern regarding cocaine use and compare them with various causes for concern regarding amphetamine use, showing evidence of your understanding of their similarities and dissimilarities.

Discussion 2
Explain the basic rationale and theoretical foundations for the extensive use of amphetamine in the treatment of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Discussion 3
Discuss the feasibility of controlled drinking as a realistic goal for those who are dependent on alcohol, citing evidence of support for as well as of opposition to this controversial concept of treatment.

Discussion 4
Discuss the rationales for and against viewing alcohol dependence as a disease.

Discussion 5
Present the pharmacology of opioids, including chemical changes and mechanism of action.

Discussion 6
Describe the potential adverse effects and possible health risks associated with anabolic steroid use by males and females, including psychological manifestations of use that have been observed in many athletes who have used these substances indiscriminately.

Discussion 7
Describe the acute behavioral and acute physiological effects of marijuana. What are the behavioral or physiological effects of long-term marijuana use?

Discussion 8
Summarize the major causes for concern associated with the effects of THC and/or marijuana use.

Discussion 9
List and briefly describe the major characteristics of the following treatments for substance dependence: total abstinence (Alcoholics Anonymous), motivational enhancement therapy, contingency management, relapse prevention, and the detoxification and maintenance phase of pharmacotherapies, making certain to explain the differentiating features of each.

Discussion 10
Develop an outline of your own suggestions for a multifaceted, comprehensive approach to drug abuse prevention in your community or local school district.