Addiction 101

September 26, 2019

Addiction 101

Presenter: Charlie Stinson, MS, CACII, MAC, CPS, LAC

Description: Working in the field of addiction treatment can feel daunting. What types of drugs are there? How do they affect a person? What is the difference between a depressant and a stimulant? What is tolerance and withdrawal? What does treatment look like? Does everyone need a Detoxification? Do we even call it Detoxification anymore? How can I tell if someone is addicted to a drug? How do we define addiction? This training seeks to increase the attendees overall knowledge of basic drug classes, the basic brain chemistry related to addiction, basic DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, and basic treatment modalities including ASAM levels of care. 


1.             Describe a basic overview of the history of drugs in society.

2.             Discuss different drug classes and the characteristics of each class.

3.             Understand basic brain chemistry and the effects drugs have on the brain.

4.             Review current DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and practical examples of each criteria.

5.             Recall current ASAM criteria and levels of care and criteria for each level.


Charlie Stinson, MS, CACII, MAC, CPS, LAC, has been in the addiction prevention and treatment field for 18 years. He received his Masters of Art Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He is certified by SCAADAC in South Carolina as a Certified Addiction Counselor, by NAADAC as a Masters Addiction Counselor, and SCAPPA as a Certified Prevention Specialist. Mr. Stinson’s 18 years of work experience includes conducting and managing  treatment programs for adults and adolescents, managing admissions to a treatment facility that included inpatient programs and detoxification, and conducting emergency evaluations for psychiatric and addiction emergencies. He currently is the Executive Director for GateWay Counseling Center in Laurens.

Credit:                   6 Hours

Audience:              Art Therapists, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Medical Professionals

Fee:                        Registration is $75.00
Employees of Region 1 301 Agencies (A/OBHS, BHSPC, CCCADA, The Forrester Center, HealthyU, Phoenix Center, Cornerstone, Westview, Saluda, Gateway, plus Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center and Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Mental Health) may attend monthly Region 1 trainings at no charge; however, registration is needed in advance and is on a first come/first served basis.

Where:                  Lottie Beal Gibson Center of Excellence

                                130 Industrial Drive, Greenville, SC 29607


Time:                      Registration 8:30
9:00AM to 4:30PM

                                Lunch on your own from 12:00-1:00


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