The Brain and the Disease of Addiction

Acquire a strong foundational understanding of the how the brain is affected by the disease of addiciton and earn a certificate of completion.

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What's included?

10 Videos
6 Quizzes
1 Survey
5 Texts
2 PDFs
1 Disqus
1 Audio

Course Description

In this course, you will learn about the disease of addiction by looking at how the brain is affected from substances such as drugs and alcohol and how the disease of addiction develops.

This course is for individuals, parents, students, healthcare professionals and groups and organizations who are will benefit from an understanding and knowledge of the science of the disease of addiction. 

Course Reviewer

The course material has been reviewed by subject matter expert: Rob Atchison, Ph.D., LMFT, NCC, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Assistant Professor of Graduate Counseling, Director of Clinical Training, INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Indianapolis, IN.

What You Will Learn

You will acquire a foundational understanding of how the brain is affected from substances such
as drugs and alcohol. How the disease of addiction develops. An understanding of brain neuroplasticity and how through treatment and recovery the brain can change/reset.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Certificate of Completion

This course includes a "Certificate of Completion" delivered upon achievement of 80% passing grade on the final exam. Certificates expire in 2 years.

Course Access

The course may be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile device. Internet access is required as is speakers for audio. The course will remain available in your account for six months - allowing you to resume and complete the course at your own pace and schedule.


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Course Curriculum

A Review of the Course Dashboard
Addiction / Substance Use Disorder Historical View
Definition: Addiction / Substance Use Disorder
Addiction Cause and Risk Factors
Substance's Effects on the Brain
Neuroplasticity of the Brain
Course End Note
Course Credits
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Course Creator

This has been brought to you by Overdose Lifeline, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities affected by the disease of addiction / substance use disorder.

Overdose Lifeline addresses the opioid epidemic and the chronic disease of addiction through advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention, resources, and support.

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