This course introduces substance use, co-occurring disorders, theories of addiction and recovery. Students will explore the psychoactive and biological effects as well as medical and legal aspects of substance use. The course covers social factors that can contribute to increased risk for different populations. Students will learn methods of screening, assessment, and diagnosis of substance use disorders including Motivational Interviewing. Students will gain an understand of, and apply skills related to prevention, harm-reduction, and evidence-based treatment models. Community resources for support will also be explored.