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Course: Substance Abuse and Emotion
edited by Jon D. Kassel

CE Credit Hours: 12
Fee: $60

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The psychological, physical, and spiritual damage wrought by the misuse of drugs is indisputable. However, there is a recurring debate over the causes of substance abuse that typically divides along two common assumptions: People either abuse drugs and alcohol out of sheer pleasure-seeking drives run amok or to escape or assuage aversive states of comorbid anxiety or depression.

Substance Abuse and Emotion goes beyond this dichotomy in its exploration of recent, significant field observations, theory construction and rigorous testing, and laboratory research to advance working models for a new research paradigm on substance abuse and comorbidity. Notably, the relationship between drugs and emotion is emerging as paramount in understanding drug abuse etiology, maintenance, and relapse.

Part I of this edited volume examines various theoretical perspectives on the interrelationship between substance abuse and emotion, such as craving and positive/negative reinforcement; cognitive theories; relapse; and developmental, sociobiological, and evolutionary perspectives.

Part II explores new assessment methodologies, such as ecological momentary assessment and the linkage between affect and cognitive deficits among drug users. The book concludes with a research agenda to expand the volume s new paradigm in understanding and treating substance abuse.

Adapted from the book

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the dichotomous assumptions underlying the conceptualization of the causes of substance abuse.
  • Differentiate among the various theoretical perspectives on the interrelationship between substance abuse and emotion.
  • Apply the different theoretical perspectives on substance abuse to different populations (e.g., adolescents, adults).
  • Identify new assessment methodology crucial to advancing the connection between substance abuse and emotion and describe major advances in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse.
  • Articulate the connection between affect and cognitive deficits found in drug users.
  • Explain how the relationship between drugs and emotion is emerging as paramount in understanding drug abuse etiology, maintenance, and relapse.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers ready.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • The Association for Addiction Professionals
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Through Collaboration: Practice and Research Partnerships That Work, Edited by James L. Sorenson, Richard A. Rawson, Joseph Guydish, and Joan E. Zweben 2003. 325 pgs. APA, Washington DC
  • Trauma and Drug Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, Edited by Paige Ouimette and Pamela J. Brown 2003. 315 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Drug Abuse: Origins and Interventions, Edited by Meyer D. Glantz and Christine R. Hartel 1999 492 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Hanley Center
  • 5200 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407-2374
  • Phone: 561-841-1000
  • Toll Free 1-800-444-7008

Bio: Jon D. Kassel, PhD

Jon D. Kassel, PhD, received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is a professor of psychology and director of the Substance Use Research Laboratory. He has authored more than 70 articles and chapters. He has served as consulting editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Kassel's research is focused on delineating the processes that subserve drug effects. He has received wide recognition for his research on substance abuse, including the Ferno Award for Innovative Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He also received the Outstanding Early Career Contributions Award from the Special Interest Group on Addictive Behaviors of the Association for Cognitive and Behavior Therapies.