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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Differentiate between a social user, substance abuser and addict.
  • Describe four stages of substance abuse.
  • Explain the differences between physical and psychological dependence.
  • Identify the various sources of nicotine.
  • Identify the addiction process for alcohol, prescription medication and illegal drugs.
  • Recognize various oral conditions that may be present with chronic nicotine, alcohol, prescription medication and/or illegal drug use.
  • Identify commonly abused prescription and illegal drugs.
  • Identify various clinician/patient communication strategies for various addictions.
  • Use resources to support patients who are interested in cessation.