PSY 425 Week 1 DQ 1

PSY 425 Week 1 DQ 1

PSY 425 Week 1 DQ 1

What is your motivation for taking this course? Have you had experience with chemical dependency in your work or personal life that you would care to discuss? What do you hope to learn in this course? How will this information help you in your career?


Read the lecture: Substance Abuse or Dependence, linked on the right. What do you believe are the causes of substance abuse? What are the causes of chemical dependency? Do you think a person has a choice in whether or not he or she moves from abuse to dependency? What are the factors that may influence that choice? Support your opinions with information from the Week One readings. In your response, please mention something you read about in the lecture. Your response to this DQ should be at least 250 words.

Heroin Deaths
Here is an interesting article on the recent surge in heroin deaths. (Click on the link below.) Based on the information in this article, discuss why you think heroin deaths are increasing.

Jellinek Chart

Progression of disease and recovery
The Jellinek Chart is a graphic for understanding how alcoholism progresses. (Click on the link below.) Please take a look at it and let us know what you think. You might want to compare the symptoms with those of someone you know who may have a problem with alcoholism.

This Tutorial contains 2 Different Papers
Prepare a 750- to 1,050-word paper examining substance abuse trends in the United States. Include the following:
• Identify past and current trends of the use and abuse of substances in the United States.
• Discuss when the use of illicit drugs may be considered culturally appropriate (e.g., medicinal purposes, religious ritual).
• Analyze health and social problems in the United States that occur due to drug abuse and addiction (e.g., cocaine, ecstasy, prescription drugs).
Use at least two outside sources, such as articles from the University Library.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Special Populations
Select ONE of the following DQs. 
Choice One:
What are some risk factors that are unique to female substance abusers? Explain the relationship between substance abuse and violence toward women.
Choice Two:
Discuss drug use and abuse among athletes, including therapeutic drugs, erogenic agents, alcohol and illegal drugs. Do you believe that our culture encourages drug abuse among athletes? Why or why not?
Choice Three:
Discuss the unique risk factor for substance abuse among older Americans. Include physiological changes during aging as well as social and emotional factors. What do you believe would be a good way to treat an older
Your response to this DQ should be at least 250 words.