Part 1: Substance Abuse

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This introductory lesson allows you to understand what happens to people when they have chosen to abuse substances including drugs and alcohol. It goes through what each abused product and how the mind and body reacts to those products. The program is presented by medical experts who have seen thousands of patients and impart their knowledge to you about how products can go from being used appropriately, and then what leads to abuse. Abuse means that the abuse can stop, and that a person can stop abusing, but the program will also point out how abuse turns into addiction, a far more difficult problem to solve. It also will walk you through how to safely not abuse drugs and alcohol.

Lesson Specs


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  2. View the Lesson Videos from beginning to end
  3. Take the required Test
  4. View your Results and print your Certificate

Lesson Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Substance Abuse - WHAT IS IT?
  3. Example of an individual with substance abuse issues
  4. Result of counseling an individual with substance abuse issues
  5. Summarization of Substance Abuse

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.


Other Lessons in This 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Marijuana: Cannabinoids

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

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.