Write a 4-page section of a request for proposal (RPF) in which you address the topics of addictions and mental health disorders.

Addiction is not a new issue in our society. The impact on the addicted person’s life and that of his or her family differs dependent on the nature of the addiction, social norms, and laws. For example drunk driving only became a concern once moving vehicles became the norm. When reviewing the nature of addiction, the types of addiction, and the level of addiction, you will find it is a most complicated issue.

Required Resources

The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

Capella Resources

Click the links provided to view the following resources:

  • Assessment 2 Proposal Template.


Suggested Resources

The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Capella Multimedia

Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:

  • Addiction and Dependence |  Transcript.
  • The Reward Pathway |  Transcript.
  • The Biological Sleep Clock.

Library Resources

The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:

  • Edwards, G. (2012). 100 years ago in addiction science. Addiction, 107(8), 1530–1531. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03712.x
  • Ardakani, A., Seghatoleslam, T., Habil, H., Jameei, F., & Rashid, R. (2013). A pilot study of prevalence of psychiatric disorder among drug-dependent patients: A report from an addiction centre in Malaysia. International Medical Journal, 20(5), 537–541.
  • Unger, A., Starzer, B., & Fischer, G. (2012). Addiction is a psychiatric disorder – What have we learned from history? Addiction, 107(6), 1043–1044. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03786.x
  • Marmorstein, N. R., Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (2012). Associations between substance use disorders and major depression in parents and late adolescent-emerging adult offspring: An adoption study. Addiction, 107(11), 1965–1973. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03934.x
  • Smith, P. H., Homish, G. G., Giovino, G. A., & Kozlowski, L. T. (2014). Cigarette smoking and mental illness: A study of nicotine withdrawal. American Journal of Public Health, 104(2), e127–e133. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301502
  • Bellamy, C. D., Rowe, M., Benedict, P., & Davidson, L. (2012). Giving back and getting something back: The role of mutual-aid groups for individuals in recovery from incarceration, addiction, and mental illness. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 7, 223–236. doi:10.1080/1556035X.2012.705703
  • Molina, B. G., Walther, C. P., Cheong, J., Pedersen, S. L., Gnagy, E. M., & Pelham, W. E., Jr. (2014). Heavy alcohol use in early adulthood as a function of childhood ADHD: Developmentally specific mediation by social impairment and delinquency. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 22(2), 110–121. doi:10.1037/a0035656
  • Fjerkenstad, J. (2012). In my opinion: Treatment that mirrors the dark world. Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 19(1/2), 156–160. doi:10.1080/10720162.2012.665292
  • Ziedonis, D. M., & Kolodziej, M. E. (2012). Innovative interventions for treating tobacco addiction among persons with co-occurring mental illness and addiction: New approaches to improve outcomes. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 8(2), 85–88. doi:10.1080/15504263.2012.672159
  • Sprenkle, D. H. (2012). Intervention research in couple and family therapy: A methodological and substantive review and an introduction to the special issue. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38(1), 3–29. doi:10.1111/j.1752–0606.2011.00271.x
  • Rantala, V., & Sulkunen, P. (2012). Is pathological gambling just a big problem or also an addiction? Addiction Research and Theory, 20(1), 1–10. doi:10.3109/16066359.2011.552819
  • Zweben, J. E., & Ashbrook, S. (2012). Mutual-help groups for people with co-occurring disorders. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 7(2–4), 202–222. doi:10.1080/1556035X.2012.705700
  • Benningfield, M. M., Dietrich, M. S., Jones, H. E., Kaltenbach, K., Heil, S. H., Stine, S. M., . . . Martin, P. R. (2012). Opioid dependence during pregnancy: Relationships of anxiety and depression symptoms to treatment outcomes [Supplement]. Addiction, 107, 74–82. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04041.x
  • Agrawal, A., Narayanan, G., & Oltmanns, T. F. (2013). Personality pathology and alcohol dependence at midlife in a community sample. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4(1), 55–61. doi:10.1037/a0030224
  • Hartman, L. I., Ho, V., Arbour, S., Hambley, J. M., & Lawson, P. (2012). Sexual addiction and substance addiction: Comparing sexual addiction treatment outcomes among clients with and without comorbid substance use disorders. Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 19(4), 284–309. doi:10.1080/10720162.2012.735515
  • Mistler, L. A., Brunette, M. F., Ferron, J. C., & Ziedonis, D. M. (2012). Shared decision making and behavioral support interventions for people with severe mental illness and tobacco dependence. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 8(2), 99–103. doi:10.1080/15504263.2012.671093
  • Schlosser, A. V., & Hoffer, L. D. (2012). The psychotropic self/imaginary: Subjectivity and psychopharmaceutical use among heroin users with co-occurring mental illness. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 36(1), 26–50. doi:10.1007/s11013-011-9244-9
  • Lembke, A. (2012). Time to abandon the self-medication hypothesis in patients with psychiatric disorders. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38(6), 524–529. doi:10.3109/00952990.2012.694532
  • Lundquist, R. S., Seward, G., Byatt, N., Tonelli, M. E., & Kolodziej, M. E. (2012). Using a multidisciplinary approach for pregnant women with nicotine dependence and co-occurring disorders. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 8(2), 158–167. doi:10.1080/15504263.2012.671119

Course Library Guide

A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the PSYC-FP4310 – Biological Psychology Library Guide to help direct your research.

Internet Resources

Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.

  • Russell, G., & Treasure, J. (2012). Bulimia nervosa – In 100 words. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 201, 19. Retrieved from
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). Club drugs. Retrieved from 
    • This NIDA Web site focuses on ecstasy (MDMA) and other drugs associated with club culture. There is a link to an excellent slide presentation on the neurobiology of ecstasy as well as trends and statistics on drug use by young people.

Bookstore Resources

The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.

  • Garrett, B. (2015). Brain & behavior: An introduction to biological psychology (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 
    • Chapter 5, “Drugs, Addiction, and Reward,” explores what happens to the brain during addiction.
    • In Chapter 7, “The Biology of Sex and Gender,” the author discusses the biological determination of sex.
    • Chapter 14, “Psychological Disorders,” covers how heredity and environment interact to produce psychological disorders.

Assessment Instructions

In Assessment 1, you completed Part 1 of a request for proposal (RFP) from a nearby school district that is seeking individuals or groups to design a training and professional development inservice day about the brain and mind from a biopsychological perspective for their educators. In this assessment, use the Assessment 2 Proposal Template (linked in the Resources) to prepare Part 2 of  the RFP. Address the following regarding the addictions portion of the professional development inservice:

IV. Recognized Addictions

  1. What are some of the addictions that are recognized in our society today? What are the drugs and alcohol and other addictions people struggle with? 
  2. What are physiological mechanisms to addiction that make it more likely in one person versus another person?

V. Addiction and Mental Disorders

  1. What is the connection between addiction and mental disorders? Explain the connection.
  2. What are some mental disorders that are commonly seen in today’s society?
  3. Are any of these mental disorders commonly paired with some type of addiction?
  4. Do any of these addictions or mental disorders seem to be more prevalent in one gender or the other? Explain.

VI. Addictions Information Sheet

Create an information sheet or handout on addiction that is targeted to professionals in a specific context of your choosing; for example, a health clinic, social work agency, school, government agency, et cetera. This handout should serve as a reference guide for professionals to use when they are working with their patients, clients, or consumers. Use Microsoft Word for your information sheet, and include the information sheet as part of the proposal document.

Do not incorporate the questions into the content of your proposal. Use the Capella library to research the material and support your responses.

Additional Requirements

  • Written Communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA Formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
  • Font and Font Size: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced.
  • Length: Write a minimum of 4 pages of content. Also include the one-page information sheet, and include a references page.

Addiction Scoring Guide

CRITERIANON-PERFORMANCEBASICPROFICIENTDISTINGUISHEDDiscuss addictions common in today’s society.Does not list addictions common in today’s society.Lists addictions common in today’s society.Discusses addictions common in today’s society.Analyzes addictions common in today’s society.Discuss the physiological mechanisms that make people prone to addiction. Does not list the physiological mechanisms that make people prone to addiction. Lists the physiological mechanisms that make people prone to addiction. Discusses the physiological mechanisms that make people prone to addiction. Analyzes the physiological mechanisms that make people prone to addiction. Describe the connection between addiction and mental disorders.Does not describe the connection between addiction and mental disorders.Describes the addiction and mental disorders but does not make a connection.Describes the connection between addiction and mental disorders.Analyzes the connection between addiction and mental disorders.Discuss the mental disorders that are commonly seen in today’s society.Does not list the mental disorders that are commonly seen in today’s society.Lists the mental disorders that are commonly seen in today’s society.Discusses the mental disorders that are commonly seen in today’s society.Analyzes the mental disorders that are commonly seen in today’s society.Describe which mental disorders are commonly paired with some type of addiction. Does not describe which mental disorders are commonly paired with some type of addiction.Describes mental disorders but does not connect them to addiction.Describes which mental disorders are commonly paired with some type of addiction.Analyzes which mental disorders are commonly paired with some type of addiction.Create an addictions information sheet relevant to the chosen context.Does not create an addictions information sheet. Creates an addictions information sheet; however, it is not relevant to the chosen context. Creates an addictions information sheet relevant to the chosen context.Creates an addictions information sheet relevant to the chosen context; information is appropriate and serves as a usable and helpful quick reference guide. Write in a manner that is concise, logically organized, and utilizes correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, and mechanics. Does not write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Writes to support an idea, but writing is inconsistent and contains major errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writes in a manner that is concise, logically organized, and utilizes correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, and mechanics. Writes coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Use APA format and style. Does not use APA format and style. Uses APA format and style but inconsistently and with errors. Uses APA format and style.Uses correct APA format and style consistently and with few errors. 

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