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Addiction Dependence and Recovery

About the Course  


This course offers participants to understand the key concepts of substance misuse.  It begins by exploring historical and cultural contexts of drug and alcohol use and why we think about substance misuse particular kinds of ways.  This research challenges many of the core assumptions that we hold about the nature of intoxication and substance misuse problems themselves.  It then explores the major substances of abuse, including New Psychoactive Substances, to develop drug identification and awareness skills. The course then examines what shapes the experience of intoxication and why people experienced substance misuse problems based on the latest research.  This then offers a platform to develop more effective treatment strategies to support people through change.


Who is This Course For?  


This course will be very helpful to a wide range of professionals whose work brings them into contact with problematic drug and alcohol use who want to gain knowledge and understanding of these issues.  It will also be very helpful for new substance misuse workers or agencies that are considering their current treatment approaches and hope to develop more effective outcomes.

Course Length

1 day (9.30-4.30)


Method of Delivery


The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.  The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning. 


Course Aims & Objectives

The aim of the course is to increase practitioners knowledge and awareness of substance misuse problems and effective recovery.  


By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to: 


  • Understand drug and alcohol problems in context

  • Define addiction & dependence

  • Describe the development of drug and alcohol problems

  • Understand the process of change and recovery


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Suicide Prevention Worker

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Mental Health Worker

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