Globally, Substance Use Disorders as we conceptualize them in the United States, remain a persistent and intractable complex of problems, even with the "advantage" of a first world medical infrastructure. For example, from a 21st Century understanding, as long as there has been a United States, there have been addiction problems, whether or not they were understood as such. Western Medicine itself is younger than the United States, and may not be adequate alone to assess, address, and solve these types of problems, particularly where the infrastructure doesn't exist to support a prevention, intervention, treatment, and relapse prevention system. We will be examining treatment continuum models from an international perspective, with an eye to enable the student to optimize the performance of various treatment systems around the world. Whether treatment occurs in Australia, Germany, Israel, Africa, Japan, China, Canada, Thailand, Hawaii, or the former Soviet Union with its eponymous "Russian Detox", the Four A's can serve as a guide: Available, Affordable, Accessible, and Acceptable. Where addiction problems exist, is treatment available, is it affordable, is it accessible in terms of hidden and obvious disabilities among other issues, and is the treatment acceptable within the cultural contexts that it occurs in, sufficiently culturally compatible so that the treatment effects are optimally sustainable.
Please note: This is a "self-support" course. This self-support fee listed above replaces the cost of regular tuition and is paid regardless of student residency status or total course load. Course fees are subject to change at anytime. For more information on tuition consult the Registrar's Office. Students using financial aid, VA benefits, or other scholarships should review the details of their financial package to confirm that self-support fee courses are covered.