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FREE: The Brain Science of Addiction is a Course

FREE: The Brain Science of Addiction

Ended Oct 18, 2021
6 credits

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Course Description

The treatment of substance use disorders has evolved over time. This 6-hour, two-module self-paced course explores the brain science behind addiction through a biopsychosocial lens. Many factors can contribute to the development of a substance use disorder and these factors can be divided into biological, psychological, and social components. Biological components of substance use disorders are the main focus of this first module. The second module will explore the cycle of addiction and how neurobiology impacts varying co-occuring conditions.

This course may be applied to the professional certificate course "Building Addiction Knowledge for Frontline Workers". For more information visit our website at

Continuing Education Classifications

  • Six (6) CE clock hours
  • Meets requirements for OCSWMFT Board
  • Meets requirements for OCDP Board in
    • Prevention: P2 - Prevention Education & Service Delivery
    • Treatment: C1 - Theories of Addiction

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068

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We recommend that you review the guidance below prior to the start of the course. It will help you navigate the course. Please refer back to these links as needed throughout your time in the course.

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ADA Accommodations

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you require an accommodation to participation in this course, please contact CSW Accessibility at or call 614-688-1657.

Contact Us

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education, 302 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Columbus OH, 43210. Email: Website: