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Addictions are more than simply having a strong desire for something. They change an individual's behaviour so that they must satisfy their addiction. This is why the term 'dependence' is often used. Research using brain imaging has demonstrated that addictions alter brain structure and function. It's perhaps not surprising then that many people find it so difficult to overcome their addictions.

Addictions can cause immense unhappiness for those who have them, whether through personal experience or because friends or family suffer from them. This short course is designed to appeal to anyone who works with people who have problems with addictive behaviours from drugs and alcohol through to shopaholics. Many types of addiction are covered and the process of addiction is explained both behaviourally and physiologically. A variety of counselling methods and techniques are also reviewed so that students should be able to develop different solutions to help those whose lives are affected.   

 
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As you progress through each lesson; you will be provided with a range of ways you can expand your learning. By choosing what tasks you do and don't undertake; you can expand in areas that interest you most, and skip areas of less interest.

You won't miss anything important that you need to know about stress management though; so long as you read the notes that are presented alongside these "learn more" suggestions.

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing.  Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass; you will be able to obtain a "certificate of completion".

 

Lesson 1 DRUG AND ADDICTION COUNSELLING


Neurotransmitters and Neurons
The Reward System
Tolerance
Withdrawal
Dependence
Substance Abuse Review what you have been learning

 

Lesson 2 TYPES of ADDICTION 

Biological Influences
Psychological Influences 
Alcohol
Tobacco 
Caffeine 
Behavioural Addictions

Lesson 3 ADDICTIONS & COMORBIDITY 

Social Anxiety 
Negative Reinforcement
Personality Issues
Wernicke-Korsakoff’s Syndrome
Cognitive Deficits
Alcoholic Hallucinosis
Suicide Risk
Cannabis Use
Other Substances

 

Lesson 4 ALCOHOL USE AND DEPENDENCE 

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Alcohol Withdrawal
Driving
How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your Bloodstream?
Machinery/Accidents at Work
Hospitalisations
Relationships
Crimes
Physical Health
Mortality

Lesson 5 COUNSELLING THE INDIVIDUAL WITH ALCOHOL RELATED PROBLEMS 

Assessing the Drinker
Drinking History
Motivational Interviewing
Drinking Diary
Hazardous Drinking
Higher Risk or Harmful Drinking
Dependent Drinking
Topirimate
Baclofen
Naltrexone
Disulfiram (more commonly known as Antabuse)
Campral
Ondansetron (Zofran)
Chantix
Gabapentin
Extended Brief Intervention
Family Therapy
Group Work
Multicultural Differences

Lesson 6 SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE 

Review what you have been learning

Lesson 7 COUNSELLING THE INDIVIDUAL WITH SUBSTANCE RELATED PROBLEMS 

Review what you have been learning

Lesson 8 COUNSELLING FOR ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOURS 

National Problem Gambling Clinics (UK)
Gamblers Anonymous
Gamcare (UK)
Shopping Addiction/Omniomania

Lesson 9 THE HEALTHCARE TEAM SUPPORT NETWORKS AND SPECIFIC GROUPS 

Doctor
Drugs Key worker
Government, Charity and Private Treatments
Outreach services
ECT – Electro Convulsive Therapy
Family Support
Review what you have been learning

FINAL ASSESSMENT 


Example Pages from the Study Guide



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