Course: Understanding Substance Abuse and Addiction

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This comprehensive program is presented by two of America’s most experienced and renowned experts in Addiction. For more than 20 years, Drs. Ted Parran and Chris L. Adelman have been at the leading edge nationally in the practice of addiction medicine and recovery as well a major resource for training and educational materials for physicians and other behavioral care professionals. These professionals see patients daily at Ohio treatment facilities, including St.Vincent Charity Hospital, Windsor Laurelwood Hospital, Huron Hospital, Cleveland Treatment Center (methadone maintenance), Glenbeigh Hospital and others. In 1990, the pair also started an addiction medicine fellowship for physicians, which has trained dozens of doctors.

The Introduction to Addiction takes the decades of experience in treating patients and presents a basic, but thorough overview in a plain English manner so that both juveniles, adults, and family members of addicted people can understand the basics of addiction. This introduction is a foundation as a first program that provides lifesaving opportunities, and is the keystone to learning the important first step to admit addiction, understand addiction before a user can deal with it appropriately.

After viewing the the first two parts covering Substance Abuse and Addictive Disease, the user will then need to view the programming that applies to their specific life. Thorough and powerful sessions are available in these topic areas:

  • Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, benzos, and barbituates.
  • Cannibinoids: Marijuana, THC, synthetic cannabinoids like Spice, K2, etc.
  • Opiates: Heroin, Opium, Morphine, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone, Hydromorphone.
  • Stimulants: cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, ecstasy, bath salts, methylphenidate, amphetamines.
  • Prescription Drugs

All addiction related programs are detailed and practical information for the user presented by medical professionals who have counseled and turned around the lives of thousands of patients. These are not theories from classrooms, but proven therapy that can and will make a difference in the lives of those who take these high quality and challenging programs.

Increasingly, individual therapy is becoming more recognized as effective in society. American Online Learning Center’s approach uses intense immersive learning techniques like those of leading American universities and immerses the user in a highly challenging learning environment. The user must successfully identify themselves as the person who is required to take the course, must pay attention by answering challenging questions, and cannot move onto to the next subject area without successfully answering the questions. Just like leading universities, online educational programming is growing, but this program is not “easy” by any means. It is designed as a program where the user can and will learn practical and proven approaches to behavior modification. The user is not coddled nor told that they are victims, they are empowered to take meaningful control of their lives, make crucial behavior changes, and above all, not make the same judgment error that got them to this course in the first place. AOLC#102

IMPORTANT: It is required for the student to successfully complete Part 1 and Part 2 of this course PLUS the specialty lesson that applies to their sentence to get full credit.

Course Lessons (7)

Part of Course

Part 1: Substance Abuse

This introductory lesson allows you to understand what happens to people when they have chosen to abuse substances including drugs and alcohol.

Part of Course

Part 2: Addictive Disease

What starts out as abuse, something that can be controlled, can lead to addiction, something that cannot be controlled and sprials into deep problems that almost always never ends well.

Part of Course

Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks

If products like alcohol, beer, wine and have caused you to become an abuser or addicted, this lesson is the follow up to the Introduction.

Part of Course

Stimulants: Cocaine, Meth, Ecstasy

Cocaine, Meth, Ecstasy, are widely used drugs that stimulate your brain, but also have so many side affects that people who use this drug need to understand.

Part of Course

Opiates: Heroin, Opiates, and Opiods

Heroin, and its similar drugs are quite honestly killing people all over the nation. It is being termed "The Heroin Epidimic" as this drug spreads from city to suburb to rural America, and leaving dead bodies in its wake.

Part of Course

Marijuana: Cannabinoids

If Marijuana or other cannibus based drugs got you here, this lesson is for you.

Part of Course

Prescription Drugs: Over the Counter and Prescribed Drugs

Just like they sound, prescription drugs do wonders for people that they are prescribed to help, but when used outside of a Doctor's orders, do harm to your mind and body, even though they are legal.

Course Specs

  • Path > > Subject: Adult Self Improvement >
  • Date Launched 5/4/2014
  • Length 4 hr, 48 min, 57 sec
  • Cost $49.95
  • Status Active
  • Code CS-00000109
  • Prerequisite None

Course Instructions

  1. Purchase your assigned Course or redeem an Access Code
  2. View the Lesson Videos from beginning to end
  3. Take the required Test
  4. View your Results and print your Certificate

Testing & Certification

Related Tests:
  • Course Test: Substance Abuse and Addiction

Related Certifications:
  • Understanding Substance Abuse and Addiction

Lead Instructors

Chris L. Adelman, MD

Medical Director, Rosary Hall St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, OH
A 1979 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Medical School, Dr.Adelman’s interest in addiction medicine dates back to his first assignment as an emergency room physician in Montana, where he quickly became the first medical director of the hospital’s addiction treatment program.


Dr. Russell Goodwin

Addiction and Substance Abuse Expert
Russell J. Goodwin is a highly experienced professional with a unique set of skills as a therapist and trainer. Mr. Goodwin works extensively with both individuals and corporations at IMPACT Solutions as coordinator for these services.

On the private practice side, Mr. Goodwin counsels adolescents, young adults, and adults who are dealing with chemical dependency and other addictions, co-dependency, adolescent disorders, family parenting and relationship issues, adjustment disorders, abuse, anxiety, depression, and anger/behavioral management issues. Mr. Goodwin also does marital/couples/family therapy and conducts chemical dependency assessments and interventions.


Theodore Parran, MD

Medical Professional with Addiction and Substance Abuse Specialty
Wang Professor of Medical Education, CWRU School of Medicine Associate Medical Director, Rosary Hall, St. Vincent Charity Hospital.