Stimulant 101

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The ATTC Network proudly presents a core curriculum training package to provide information about central nervous system stimulants and their impact on brain, body, and behavior. Prepared by members of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, Stimulant Workgroup, the training covers (1) the scope of stimulant use in the United States and beyond; (2) stimulants and the brain and impact of use on cognition; (3) stimulant use and psychosis; (4) short- and long-term physical and mental health consequences of stimulant use and considerations for specific populations; (5) the intersection of stimulant use and HIV risk; and (6) effective evidence-based behavioral treatment interventions and recovery supports for people with a stimulant use disorder.

The national core curriculum includes two modalities:
 

Presentation Icon screenshotFace-to-Face Curriculum: Daylong introductory level training of Stimulants and their Impact on Brain and Behavior – Best Practices and Approaches for Effective Treatment and Recovery
 

Live Virtual Icon screenshotLive Virtual Three-Hour Condensed Curriculum: Three-part overview of Stimulants and their Impact on Brain and Behavior – Best Practices and Approaches for Effective Treatment and Recovery

 

Daylong Curriculum Learning objectives:
At the end of the daylong Stimulant 101 training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three specific national patterns and trends in stimulant use.
  • Recall at least three short-term and three long-term physical or psychological effects of stimulant use.
  • Specify two examples of the cognitive impact of stimulant use.
  • Catalog the differential patterns of stimulant use in at least three populations.
  • Interpret at least three links between stimulant use and the behaviors that may put a person at increased risk of becoming infected with HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Apply at least two specific behavioral treatment interventions and two recovery approaches that have been proven effective in treating people with a stimulant use disorder.

 

Three-Hour Virtual Overview
Core Curriculum content provided in three 1-hour sessions:

    Part 1: Stimulants -What are they and who uses them?
    Part 2: Impact of Stimulant Use on the Brain and Body
    Part 3: Effective Treatment Approaches and Recovery Supports

 

Training materials for the full day and three-part virtual training are only available to those trainers who have been trained by an ATTC. However, anyone can download the reference list used in the curriculum. If you would like to learn more or request a training, click on the button below that fits your need.

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Training Materials to Supplement the Stimulant 101 National Core Curriculum:

 

Conference Keynote Presentation: Stimulant Use: Current Trends, Impact on the Brain and Body, and Implications for Treatment

     

    Stimulant Use: Current Trends, Impact on the Brain and Body, and Implications for Treatment from ATTC Network on Vimeo.

     

    Keynote Learning Objectives: At the end of this keynote presentation, participants  will  be able to:

    • Identify  three specific  national  patterns and trends in stimulant  use.
    • Recall  at least  three short-term  and three long-term physical  or psychological  effects  of stimulant  use.
    • Apply at least  two specific  behavioral  treatment interventions  and two recovery  approaches that have been proven effective  in treating  people with a stimulant  use disorder.

     

     



    Gender Differences and Stimulant Use

    Gender Differences and Stimulant Use from ATTC Network on Vimeo.


    At the end of the module, participants will be able to:

    • Identify differences in use of stimulants between genders
    • List differences risk factors and motivations to use stimulants between genders
    • Describe evidence-based and promising practices related to treating substance use disorders

     

     



    Polysubstance Use Among Stimulant Users

    Polysubstance among stimulant users: Course, complications and the clinical pictures from ATTC Network on Vimeo.


    At the end of the module, participants will be able to:

    • Distinguish aspects of stimulant use that occurs alone vs. that which occurs with co-use of other substances
    • Recognize patterns of use, risk factors, and clinical challenges faced by individuals who co-use stimulants and other substances, specifically alcohol and opioids
    • Understand the available evidence-based treatment options for individuals with co-occurring stimulant and other substance use disorders

     

     



    Overview of Recovery and Recovery Supports

    Overview of Recovery and Recovery Supports from ATTC Network on Vimeo.


    At the end of the module, participants will be able to:

    • Define the concept of recovery and its guiding principles
    • Describe how Recovery Peer Specialists support people with substance use disorders along the continuum of recovery
    • Recognize how long-term stimulant use uniquely impacts a person’s recovery journey

     

     



    Stimulant Use in Rural Areas: Considerations for Treatment and Recovery Service Providers

    Stimulant Use in Rural Areas: Considerations for Treatment and Recovery Service Providers from ATTC Network on Vimeo.


    At the end of the module, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the Scope of: Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders, and Co-Occurring Disorders; Illicit Drug Use; Cocaine & Methamphetamine Use; and Increases in Stimulant Use in the US
    • Recite the Definitions for Rural and Frontier Areas
    • Highlight the Importance of Rural/Frontier as a Diversity/Cultural Issue
    • Identify Two Differences regarding Substance Use in Rural Areas versus Urban Areas
    • Describe 3 out 5 Recommendations for Providing SUD Treatment and Recovery Services in Rural/Frontier Areas

     

     



    Stimulant Use Among African Americans


     

    Stimulant Use Among African Americans from ATTC Network on Vimeo.


    At the end of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Identify factors related to stimulant use in the African American (AA) and gay community.
    • List and describe risk factors and motivations to use stimulants.
    • Describe evidence-based treatment specific to AA communities.