2020-2021 Catalog

PSYC 420 Psychology of Addiction

Introduction to the psychosocial and neurobiological basis of addiction. Substance abuse and behavioral compulsions, including drugs, gambling, eating, and sexual addictions are examined. Additional focus on diversity in addicted populations, the business and politics of drugs, and prevention. Consequences of addictions will be studied at the individual, family, community and societal levels. This course will draw on current research and controversies in the field of addictions. 


Each unit of course credit requires a minimum of three hours of student work per week for every week over the duration of a semester for a total of 12 hours of involvement in the course per week.


PSYC 200, and one of the following: PSYC 322, PSYC 330, or PSYC 334.