Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Theories of Causation
This course will provide a foundation for the understanding of substance abuse utilizing a variety of theories of causation. Evaluation and assessment skills will be taught. Theoretical models upon which to base clinical practice will be discussed. Students will analyze one theory of causation, the multigenerational process. By constructing a genogram in the context of a family meeting, the student will have an opportunity to see the influence of the multigenerational process and the role that the family plays in maintaining the addiction. Physiological, behavioral, emotional, and societal responses to alcohol and substance abuse are investigated. Implications for nursing research are considered.