Total CE Credit Hours: 1
Course Info URL: https://www.addictioncounselorce.com/courses/101654
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About the Course:
Human studies are necessary to identify and classify the brain systems predisposing individuals to develop alcohol use disorders and those modified by alcohol, while animal models of alcoholism are essential for a mechanistic understanding of how chronic voluntary alcohol consumption becomes compulsive, how brain systems become damaged, and how damage resolves. Our current knowledge of the neuroscience of alcohol dependence has evolved from the interchange of information gathered from both human alcoholics and animal models of alcoholism.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, How Human and Animal Studies Strengthen Our Understanding of Alcoholism: Translational Studies in Alcoholism created by Natalie M. Zahr, Ph.D., and Edith V. Sullivan, Ph.D.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol Research and Health, Volume 21, Number 3, 2008
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This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about how human and animal studies strengthen our understanding of alcoholism. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.
Discuss what human and animal studies indicate regarding alcoholism, the brain, disinhibition, and frontocerebellar circuitry.
Identify brain processes related to reward, habit formation, stress, and inflammation, and their relationship to the development of alcoholism.
Describe evidence for brain recovery with alcohol abstinence and
what animal models of recovery add to the current understanding.
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