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Module 1: What is Substance Abuse?   
This introductory lesson for families and friends of substance abusers 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 help your loved ones not abuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Introduction
  • What addiction is?
  • Substance Abuse - WHAT IS IT?
  • Why do people abuse substances?
  • What sorts of things can help a person make changes?
  • Summary of Substance Abuse
  • Streaming Video
  • Detailed Lesson Printout
  • Interactive Slides
  • Moderated Forum
  • Peer Chat
  • Polls
  • Additional Resource Links
Lesson Specs
Length: 48 min, 35 sec
  Part of Course:
The Empowered Family
Lesson Instructors
  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.
  Chris L. Adelman, MD  
  Medical Director, Rosary Hall St. Vincent CharityHospital, 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.

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