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Addiction, Autonomy, and Informed Consent: On and Off the Garden Path. 

About the Course:

Some researchers consider impaired autonomy regarding drug consumption as a defining component of addiction. If true, studies and treatment protocols involving provision of drugs to addicts would face insurmountable ethical issues. Evidence shows that addicts can and do resist consumption. Though autonomy is doubtlessly impaired, addicts can still give informed consent. No unique ethical concern exists for this population in well-designed studies and treatment programs.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Addiction, Autonomy, and Informed Consent: On and Off the Garden Path.  created by Neil Levy in 2016.

Publication Date:

The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy; 41(1) 2016

Course Material Author

Neil Levy
Neil Levy is a professor of philosophy at Macquarie University and a senior research fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Neil Levy authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Barbara F. McMillan, LPC
Barbara McMillan, BA, MS, EdD, LPC has 35 years of experience as a therapist, clinical director, and administrator in mental health and substance abuse programs. She holds degrees in psychology and education, and has been a licensed professional counselor and supervising counselor for many years. After 18 years in various roles in private and public mental health settings, she became a full-time college psychology and sociology instructor.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define autonomy and describe its relationship to informed consent.
  2. Analyze the connection between autonomy and addiction.
  3. Draw conclusions regarding the ethical implications of impaired autonomy and informed consent.

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Course Number 102774
1.25 CE credit hour
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