PSY 425 Week 2 DQ 1 Task

PSY 425 Week 2 DQ 1 Task

PSY 425 Week 2 DQ 1 Task

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.


Read the lecture: “Self-Medication and Other Challenges to Sobriety”, linked below. Discuss the role of grief and other “hard emotions” (anger, depression, etc.) in addiction and recovery. Your response to this DQ should be at least 250 words.

Alcohol Screening
For some people, it may be impossible to notice when one is in danger of moving from alcohol abuse to dependency. Here is a quiz to help identify some of the warning signs. Please take a look at this assessment and let us know what you think. (Click on the link below.)  Do you think these questions are appropriate, based on your understanding of the process of moving from substance abuse to addiction?

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you identify abused substances and their various effects. Include the following:
• Explain the psychology and physiology of addiction.
• Identify specific drug substances covering the following categories: stimulants, depressants, narcotics, hallucinogens, and cannabis.
• Discuss the addiction potential of various abused substances, what effects they have, and withdrawal symptoms.
• Discuss how prescription drugs can be abused and lead to addiction.
Use at least three outside sources, such as articles from the University Library.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.