Psychology of Addiction and Recovery


Stanford School of Medicine


As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior. These discoveries have impacted and improved our understanding of compulsive drug use, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem with scientifically supported psychological interventions. Treatment, recovery, and prevention of addictive behavior has become a global strategy. Guided by Dr. Anna Lembke, the medical director of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and leading activist in the opioid epidemic, the Psychology of Addiction and Recovery online short course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), a part of Stanford Medicine, explores the complex relationship between doctors and patients, the science of addiction, and the barriers to successfully addressing drug addiction and dependence at a personal and systemic level. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll evaluate how medications, approaches to psychotherapy, and peer support can enhance recovery, and how scientific evidence can be used to establish innovative addiction treatments. You’ll also explore the neurobiological factors underlying addiction, and how these impact intervention and recovery efforts today.

What you will learn

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the history of addiction and how perceptions of addiction have changed over time
  • An intuitive grasp of the neurological and psychological effects of addiction, and how this aids in the path to recovery
  • Awareness of how peer-based policies and approaches to recovery can be used to treat addiction, and how policy-level interventions can be used to address substance misuse in populations
  • Insight into biological and psychological approaches to recovery

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$1500 for duration of course. 

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Delivery Option:
Online Course $1,500.00

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.