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This course reviews and reinforces the fundamentals of the effects of addictions on the abuser and the family. Biopsychosocial information is reviewed. Students develop competency in areas of ethical and legal conduct necessary to begin entry-level work in the addictions field. Competency is also developed in the area of multiculturalism as it impacts counselors at all service levels. This course emphasizes knowledge of the effects of the different drugs (i.e., Opioids, Stimulants, Depressants, Analgesics, THC). Students are able to define co-dependency and the roles commonly assumed by families affected by Substance Use Disorder.