Course Description

“Every year, illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of more than 90,000 Americans, while tobacco is linked to an estimated 480,000 deaths per year.  Scientists study the effects that drugs have on the brain and on people’s behavior. They use this information to develop programs for preventing drug abuse and for helping people recover from addiction. Further research helps transfer these ideas into practice in our communities.” (Drugs, Brain and Behavior. The Science of Addiction, SAMHSA, 2014)


Course Modality: This is an independent home-study course. Students will take the course according to their own timeline. 

Course Completion: To receive the course certificate, each student is required to agree to Student Learning Contract, read all text-based materials, view any media posted, complete and pass course examination, and complete and submit course evaluation.

Senior Instructor

Diane Sherman, PhD

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II, and E-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Diane earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. In 2015 was honored to receive the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1. Introduction

  • 2

    Watch this Instruction Video for Completing your Assignments

    • Instructional Video for Completing Assignments

  • 3

    Chapter 2. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior. The Science of Addiction.

    • The Science of Addiction. Presentation

    • Science of Addiction. Homework #1.

    • Science of Addiction. Homework #2.

    • Science of Addiction. Homework #3.

    • Science of Addiction. Homework #4.

    • Science of Addiction. Homework #5.

  • 4

    Chapter 3. Additional Resource Materials

    • Drugs, Brain and Behavior. The Science of Addiction. (NIDA publication)

    • SAMHSA RECOVERY

  • 5

    Chapter 4. Course Completion

    • Science of Addiction Post-Test

    • Course Review

    • Course Evaluation

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