Psychology of Drug Addiction

There are 3 assignments: Assignments will be submitted through safe assign for plagiarism

Assignment 1: at least 250 words; see chapter 9 textbook content attachment

YouTube videos:

Psychology of Drug Addiction & Substance Abuse Disorder, Causes & Solutions:


Eating Disorders from the Inside Out: Laura Hill at TEDxColumbus.


This week you are learning about the complexities of eating, and other addictive disorders.  There are a few interesting videos posted, and although they are not academic resources, they may help you learn something about what it’s like to actually suffer from one of these disorders.  It is crucial that you realize the importance of the neurological and medical foundations of these disorders, as well other factors in the “etiology” of addiction and co-occurring disorders.

The concept of “co-occurring” disorders is an important one for any professional counselor to understand.  In the area of medical diagnosis, the words “comorbid,’ “co-occurring” and “dual diagnosis” refer to the same thing.   For example, it is quite common for anxiety and depression to be “co-occurring” in an individual.

Why is it so important to know what the research says about the neurological and medical foundations of addictive disorders?   Briefly discuss what you have learned about the etiology of addictive disorders (be specific).  What are the factors that must be considered in the diagnosis of an eating disorder, and substance abuse disorders?   Use at least 3 professional sources for your responses, and be sure to cite and source according to APA style rules


Assignment 2: at least 250 words; APA format; see chapter 11 textbook content attachment


Kimberly Huber, Ph.D., on Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Autism:

Counseling Diagnostic Assessment Vignette #33 – Symptoms of Brief Psychotic Disorder:

Living With Schizophrenia:

Include each of the following items in your discussion post. don’t forget to cite and source!

a.  Describe the symptoms, causes, and prognosis for a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

b.  Discuss how other psychotic disorders differ from schizophrenia.

c.  Comment on the importance of cultural awareness in the diagnosis of schizophrenia.


Assignment 3: no more than 2 pages; APA format; see attachment for case study; cite relevant sources

Case Study Format

You want your case to be well organized and well written to be sure that information you include is easily identified and followed by your reader. The following can be used as section headings to help you organize your work:


· Brief overview of relevant symptoms from case

· Peter Winters, 46 years old

· Injured right knee playing basketball; Chronic knee pain

· Opioid misuse

· Took prescription pain medicine (hydrocodone-acetaminophen) for a month; pain was resolved

· Stop taking the pills he began to experience recurrence of the knee pain

· Prescribed more hydrocodone-acetaminophen but had to take more than prescribed to ease the pain

· Felt dysphoric and achy when tried to stop taking the medicine; he enjoyed the high and had intense cravings