Drug Addiction


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31 Dec 2023

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1 Jan 2021

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The laymen's definition of addiction is a "fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity." Medically it is a "chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequence, and long-lasting changes in the brain." This current Oxford English dictionary definition can be traced back to Roman law in which addiction was a "formal giving over by sentence of the court" Addiction is a "chronic, relapsing brain disease that leads to medical, mental, and social complications. This activity outlines the biology, epidemiology, psychopathology, screening, diagnosis, and the most common treatments in patients with the condition.

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At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the link between genetics and addictive behaviors.
  • Outline the typical presentation of a patient with alcohol intoxication.
  • Summarize the toxicokinetics of alcohol intoxication as it is the most common and costly intoxication.
  • Explain the importance of improving care coordination amongst the interprofessional team to enhance the delivery of care for patients with addiction.

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