Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Courses

SOWK 722: Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders


This foundation-level course will inform students about the prevalence of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and how they are implicated in the broad spectrum of social work practice.  Students will review the history, epidemiology and pharmacology of alcohol and other common drugs of abuse. The etiology of SUD Abuse and Dependence will be discussed, including the primary, progressive, multi-dimensional nature of addictive diseases.  The importance of relevant social systems (e.g., family, work, and community/society) and spirituality in addiction and recovery will be discussed.  The role of the social worker in a multi-disciplinary approach to SUD prevention and treatment will be considered.  This course is a prerequisite for SOWK 723 and SOWK 724.