350-HTD-VA, Psychology of Addictions
The focus of this course is the biological and psychological effects of addictive substances. The course will also examine other ‘addictive behaviours’, such as gambling, sexual addiction, and overeating. The biological effects of different types of drugs of abuse will be examined, as well as the methods researchers use to study the neural basis of reward, relapse, and the effects of stress on drug use. Various treatments used to aid drug-addicted individuals, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-step programs, and relapse prevention, among others, will be explored.