Syllabus for 240


Drugs and Alcohol in our Society Office Hours
Summer M-R 11:15-2:05 10-11 a.m. Also by appointment.
Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA
Phone: (714)484-7000 Ext. 48220
3 units transfer credit
Prerequisite: None
Andrew Weil, M.D.,and Rosen, Winifred
From Chocolate to Morphine
Houghton Mifflin, New York 2004
Jean Kinney Loosening the Grip,10th edition
McGraw-Hill, Boston 2011
Course Description:
This is an introductory course for individuals in any area of human services who wish to increase their knowledge regarding problem drinking and/or drug abuse. This course will cover the basic casual theories of alcoholism, identification signs and symptoms, dispel some of the “myths’ and provide information on treatment sources. Students will also be introduced to drug problems in general: their misuse, abuses and methods of control.

Instructional Objectives:
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the impact of drugs and alcohol on society.
  2. Identify various societal perspectives of the drug and alcohol problems in society.
  3. Analyze their personal perspectives of the drug and alcohol problems in society.
  4. Have a better understanding of the process of disease, addiction, and recovery.
    Course Content and Scope

    1. Topics
  1. Societal perspectives of alcohol and drug use.
  2. Personal perspectives of drug and alcohol use.
  3. The processes of alcoholism, drug addiction and recovery.
  4. Factor effecting blood alcohol/drug levels.

B.) Written Assignments

  1. Take notes in class that will be reworked and expanded
  2. Essay exam and critical thought exercises that utilize

a high level of critical thought.

C.) Appropriate outside assignments.
Students are expected to spend a minimum of six hours each week in preparation for class. Outside assignments will include: Assigned reading of text, supplemental reading of journal
articles, newspaper and magazine reading to determine current attitudes and laws concerning alcohol and drug use. Instructional Methodologies:
1. Lecture (including guest speakers)
2. Group discussion and presentations (small and large).
3. Films with class discussion and critiques.
4. Discuss and review unit examinations.
Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be competent in the critical analysis and review process of the impact of drugs and alcohol on society using the Disease Model and the Personal Choice perspective in drug and alcohol recovery process.
  2. Students will be able to specifically identify the various stages of alcoholism and distinguish the impact of drug and alcohol problems in society.
  3. Students will be competent in the identification and introspective perspectives of their own and/or family of origins drug and alcohol use as it impacts society.
  4. Students will have a concept formation of relapse, prevention of client relapse in treatment and recovery of individuals using the process of disease, addiction, and alcoholism.

Methods of Evaluation:
1. Class participation (discussion and exercises).
2. Critical thought reports (approximately 2 pages).
3. Written Mid-term and Final Exam (The Final essay is comprehensive).
4. Written assignments displaying methods of critique critical thinking that focus alcohol/drug issues and related problems.
Class Expectations and Procedures:
1. Attendance:
Attendance for all scheduled classes is paramount. After a student accumulates more than two absences you may be dropped from the class. You must attend class regularly. Please be on time! If you have personal business to conduct, be courteous enough to attend to it before or after class. Your fellow class members are relying on you.
2. Academic Honesty Policy:
It is expected that you do your own work, both during assignments and at the time of testing. Plagiarism is not allowed under any circumstances. Make sure that you understand all assignments and develop your own ideas using your own words.
3. Student Services
Students with verified disabilities requiring accommodation should make specific known to the instructor in a timely manner, preferably at the beginning of the semester or at least one prior to the identified need.
4. Emergency Procedures:
In the event of an emergency and classroom or building evacuation is required, please take personal belongings with you to a clear and safe area.
5. Food and Beverages:
Refreshments are not permitted in the classroom.
6. Beepers and Cell Phones:
Please turn off all devices while class is in session. The use of cell phones in class will result in exclusion from the course.
Weekly Assignments:
Date Topics to be covered Text Readings
6-25 Course introduction Syllabus
6-26 Alcohol (Kinney) Chapter 1/2
Straight talk (Weil) Chapter 1
6-27 Alcohol and the body (Kinney) Chapter 3/6 p.155-156
What is a Drug (Weil) Chapter 2
6-28 Alcohol Dependence (Kenney)
Chapter 4 Why people use drugs (Weil)
Chapter 3
7-2 Review for Exam # 1 Chap. 1-4
7-3 Complete Exam # 1 Chap.1-4
7-4 Holiday No School
7-5 Etiology of alcohol dependence (Kenney) Chapter 5
7-9 The behavior of dependence (Kenney) Chapter 7
Types of Drugs (Weil) Chapter 5
7-10 Effects of alcohol on Family (Kenney) Chapter 8
7-10 Review for Exam # II Chap. 5-8
7-11 Complete Exam # II Chap. 5-8
7-11 Evaluation and treatment overview and approaches (Kenney) Chapter 9
7-12 Treatment techniques (Kenney) Chapter 10
7-16 Special populations (Kenney) Chapter 11
7-16 Review for Exam # III Chap. 9-11
7-17 Complete Exam # III Chap. 9-11
7-18 Stimulants/Depressants (Weil) Chapter 6/7
7-19 Psychedelics/Marijuana (Weil) Chapter 8/9
Solvents, Inhalants and Deliriants Chapter 10
7-23 Problems with Drugs (Weil) Chapter 12
7-24 Review and preparation for Final Exam
7-25 Final Exam (Weil) Chapter 6-12 (objective, essay, true/false, matching)