Understand the neurological and psychological effects of addiction, and how they can be leveraged in the path to recovery.
6 weeks, excluding
5–6 hours per week,
An intuitive understanding of the neurological and psychological effects of addiction, and how this aids in the path to recovery.
Insight into the history of addiction and how perceptions of addiction have changed over time.
Awareness of how peer-based policies and approaches to recovery can be used to treat addiction, and how policy-level interventions can be used to address substance misuse in populations.
Insight into biological and psychological approaches to recovery.
Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work through the following modules:
Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.
Module 1 The history of addiction
Explore concepts and definitions of addiction through time.
Module 2 The neurobiology of the addicted brain
Discover the neurobiological changes that lead to and result from addiction.
Module 3 Screening and early intervention
Learn practical tools for screening and early intervention.
Module 4 Biological approaches to recovery
Learn about medications and other somatic treatments for addiction.
Module 5 Psychological approaches to recovery
Learn about psychological interventions for addiction.
Module 6 Peer-based and policy approaches to recovery
Learn about peer-based and policy approaches for addressing addiction and promoting recovery.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
Currently the associate professor and medical director of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Lembke also serves as program director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic.
Lembke was one of the first in the U.S. medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing and the opioid pandemic. In 2016, she published her best-selling book on the prescription drug pandemic, Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked and Why It’s So Hard to Stop. It explores the complex relationship between doctors and patients around prescribing controlled drugs.
Using her public platform and faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine, Lembke continues to educate policymakers and the public about causes of, and solutions to, the problem of addiction.
“Addiction has become a global problem. Educating people who might otherwise not have access to this information fills me with a sense of purpose. The knowledge those taking the course acquire may translate into helping people struggling with addiction.”
– Anna Lembke
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Stanford University School of Medicine
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