Lesson 5: Alcohol and Drug Crisis


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this lesson's material students will be able to:

  • Apply course concepts to a substance-abuse related crisis intervention role play.
  • Identify and access addiction treatment options.



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Click HERE to view Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Definition of Addiction from the American Society of Addiction Medicine

The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Diagnostic Criteria

Read about the basics of Substance use vs. substance dependence: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-abuse-addiction-basics

  • Crisis Intervention and Case Management



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Here is a second crisis intervention role play (Video # 2)

(This video has a discussion of difficult issues around an abusive situations. Please be sensitive to when and where you watch and who else might be listening.)

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If video does not start from beginning just restart from beginning.


Treatment Options for Drug Addiction from the National Institute on Drug Abuse


Lesson 5 Quiz

  1. Review the resources and watch the crisis intervention role-plays in the lesson. Assess these interviews regarding the material in the preceding lessons (the LAPC model, traits of effective crisis workers, factors leading to crisis situations, and write an essay re: observations, techniques, strengths and weaknesses of the interviews, and your own personal observations re: what you are seeing).
  2. Where is the closest Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or other self-help substance use program in relation to your house? How did you find this information? Could someone who needed help with the crisis of substance abuse easily find this information as well?

Lesson 5 Discussion (for online course only)

Share any personal experiences or knowledge you have about substance related crisis. Describe how the interaction of substance use and mental illness may impact interventions.