Drug & Alcohol Counselor Specialist

Hours: 500 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $3,425.00

Course Overview:

Have you ever thought about a career in addiction counseling? Addiction counseling professionals treat individuals who are in need of substance abuse counseling as well as offer peace of mind to the families of persons who are in need of drug addiction counseling.

Drug and Alcohol Counseling – Level 1 reflects the explosion of information regarding the understanding, identification, and treatment of addictive disorders. It examines the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and hallucinogens, as well as chemicals -- such as aerosols, steroids, and over-the-counter analgesics. Additionally, the course investigates solid strategies for working with clients, the differences between abusers and addicts; drug effects on children, teenagers, and pregnant and nursing women; and children of alcoholics.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define methods for detecting and determining addiction type
  • Identify methods for understanding addiction and avoiding triggers
  • Define the different treatment approaches
  • Identify techniques for overcoming addiction and solving the problems it has caused
  • Identify methods for counseling and treatment

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2 is a comprehensive course for people who want to work with the chemically dependent and addicted in a variety of treatment settings. This course shows the student how to use the best evidence-based treatments available, including motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, medication and 12 step facilitation. Guiding the student step-by-step through treatment, this course presents state-of-the-art tools, and forms and tests necessary to deliver outstanding treatment and to meet the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify steps for initial assessment and treatment planning
  • Comprehend various therapies and treatment groups available to the individual
  • Identify the steps involved in the AA 12 step program
  • Identify dual diagnoses and family treatment programs
  • Define clinical staff and characteristics of a good counselor

The field of psychology is fascinating! Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. Psychology’s goal is to understand individuals and groups. Psychologists want to know why people do what they do. This course surveys the assumptions, history, methods and techniques of psychology. You will learn about the science of psychology, learning, consciousness, emotions, psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches and much more!

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define psychology and developmental psychology
  • Comprehend consciousness and the theories surrounding learning
  • Comprehend memory and the theories of intelligence
  • Define motivation and personality
  • Comprehend the effect of stress on health and psychological disorders

Course Outline:

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 1 Module 1
Basics of Abuse & Addiction
  • About Substance Abuse
  • The Cost of Chemical Abuse/Addiction
  • Society's Response
  • The Continuum of Chemical Use
  • Definitions of Terms Used
  • The Growth of New "Addictions"
  • A Basic Misconception
  • Effects & Side Effects of Chemicals
  • The Process of Neurotransmission
  • An Introduction to Alcohol
  • Blood Alcohol Levels
  • Medical Complications of Alcohol
  • Effects of Alcohol Abuse/Addiction
  • Complications of Chronic Alcohol Use
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Barbiturates & Barbiturate-Like Compounds
  • Pharmacology of Barbiturates
  • Neuroadaptation, Tolerance & Physical Dependence
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 1 Module 2
Commonly Abused Chemicals 1
  • Medical Uses of the Benzodiazepines
  • Side Effects of the Benzodiazepines
  • Long-Term Consequences of Chronic Use
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • CNS Stimulant Abuse
  • Cocaine Abuse & Dependence
  • History of Cocaine
  • Methods of Cocaine Abuse
  • Complications of Cocaine Abuse/Addiction
  • Marijuana Abuse & Addiction
  • History of Marijuana
  • A Medico-Legal Conundrum
  • Methods of Marijuana Abuse
  • Opioid Use, Abuse & Addiction
  • Opiates as Drugs of Abuse
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 1 Module 3
Commonly Abused Chemicals 2
  • Abuse of & Addiction to Hallucinogens
  • Methods of Hallucinogen Abuse
  • The Pharmacology of LSD
  • Scope of Phencyclidine Abuse
  • Complications of PCP Abuse
  • Salvia Divinorum
  • Abuse of & Addiction to Inhalants
  • Scope of the Problem of Inhalant Abuse
  • Anesthetic Misuse
  • Problem of Steroid Abuse
  • Scope of the Problem of Anabolic Steroids
  • Sources & Methods of Steroid Abuse
  • Over-the-Counter Analgesics
  • OTC Analgesic Overdoses
  • Tobacco Products & Nicotine Addiction
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Chemicals & the Neonate
  • Scope of the Problem for Pregnant Women
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 1 Module 4
The Many Faces of Substance Abuse
  • Gender & Addiction
  • Differing Effects of Common Drugs on Women
  • The Faces of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • SUD & the Homeless
  • SUD & the Elderly
  • SUD & Minorities
  • SUD & Children/Adolescents
  • Screening & Assessment Tools
  • Rehabilitation for Children or Adolescents
  • SUD & College Students
  • Consequences of SUD in the College Population
  • Codependency & Enabling
  • Reactions to the Concept of Codependency
  • Addiction and the Family
  • Scope of the Problem
  • Interventions
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 1 Module 5
Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders
  • The Dual-Diagnosis Client
  • Substance Use Disorder & Mental Illness
  • A Diagnostic Challenge
  • Psychopathology & Drug of Choice
  • Treatment Approaches with Dual-Diagnosis
  • The Medical Model of SUD
  • Applications of the Medical Model of Addictions
  • The Psychosocial Models of SUD
  • Personality Predisposition Theories
  • SUD & Psychological Defenses
  • A Disease of the Human Spirit
  • The Mind-Body Question
  • The Games of Addiction
  • Honesty & False Pride
  • Assessment of SUD
  • The Assessment Format
  • Diagnostic Rules
  • A Definition of Intervention
  • Common Forms of Intervention
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 1 Module 6
The Treatment of Addiction
  • Treatment Settings
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Aftercare Programs
  • The Process of Treatment
  • Methods of Treatment
  • The Stages of Recovery
  • Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
  • Pharmacological Interventions
  • Pharmacotherapy of SUDs
  • Relapse & Other Problems
  • Limit Testing by Clients
  • Treatment Noncompliance
  • Lapse & Relapse
  • Cravings & Urges
  • Toxicology Tests
  • Psycho-Educational Interventions
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 1 Module 7
Other Issues in Chemical Dependence
  • Support Groups for Recovery
  • History of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Elements of AA
  • AA & Outside Organizations
  • The Purpose of AA
  • Effectiveness of AA
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Al-Anon & Alateen
  • Other Types of Support Groups
  • Challenges with 12-Step Programs
  • SUD & Infectious Disease
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Pneumonias & Tuberculosis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • The Relationship Between Drugs & Crime
  • Drug Use & Violence
  • Designer Drugs
  • The Debate Over Legalization
  • The "War" on Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 1
Counseling: The Initial Hours
  • How to Greet Patients
  • How to Handle Family Members
  • Beginning the Therapeutic Alliance
  • The Initial Assessment
  • The Intoxicated Patient
  • How Patients React in Detoxification
  • The Biopsychosocial Interview
  • Diagnosis and Disposition
  • The Treatment Plan
  • How to Build a Treatment Plan
  • The Problem List
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Treatment Plan Review
  • How to Write Progress Notes
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 2
Counseling and Treatment
  • Individual Treatment Process
  • The Therapeutic Alliance
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • How Patients Use Feelings Inappropriately
  • How Patients Learn Relationship Skills
  • Benefits of Group Therapy
  • Preparation for the Group
  • The Honesty Group
  • The Euphoric Recall Group
  • The Reading Group
  • The Relapse Prevention Group
  • The Spirituality Group
  • The Childhood Group
  • The Men’s Group / Women’s Group
  • The Community Group
  • The Personal Inventory Group
  • Creating and Using Contracts
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 3
The AA 12 Step
  • Step One: Powerless and Unmanageable
  • Step Two: Belief in a Higher Power
  • Step Three: Turn it Over to God
  • Step Four: Fearless Moral Inventory
  • Step Five: Sharing the Moral Inventory
  • Educational Lectures Series
  • Lecture Series: The Disease
  • Lecture Series: Defense Mechanisms
  • Lecture Series: The Great Lie & the Truth
  • Lecture Series: Normal Development
  • Lecture Series: Physical Addiction and Recovery
  • Lecture Series: Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Lecture Series: Understanding Feelings
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 4
Dual Diagnosis and Family Therapy
  • Psychiatric / Psychological Assessment
  • Depressed Patient
  • Angry Patient
  • Homicidal Patient
  • Personality Disorders
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Borderline Patient
  • Narcissistic Patient
  • Anxious Patient
  • Psychotic Patient
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Patient with Low Intellectual Functioning
  • The Elderly Patient
  • Early childhood Trauma
  • Pathological Gambler
  • Adolescent Treatment
  • The Family Program
  • How to Treat Family Members
Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 5
The Clinical Staff and Being a Good Counselor
  • The Physician
  • Psychologist & Psychiatrist
  • Nursing Staff
  • Clinical Director and Supervisor
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • The Rehabilitation Technician
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Team Building
  • Staff-Patient Problems
  • Discharge Summary and Aftercare
  • Outpatient Discharge Criteria
  • Understanding the Drugs
  • Being a Good Counselor
  • Characteristics of a Good Counselor
  • Code of Ethics
Psychology Module 1
Psychology & Biology
  • What is Psychology?
  • Psychology as a Science
  • Where Psychology Comes From
  • Today’s Psychologists
  • The Study of Behavior & Mental Processes
  • The Nervous System
  • Understanding the Brain
  • The Endocrine System
  • Evolution & Heredity
  • Evolutionary Psychology
Psychology Module 2
Developmental Psychology
  • The Voyage Through the Life Span
  • Prenatal Development
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Adult Psychology
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Understanding Vision
  • Visual Perception
  • Hearing & Perception
  • The Senses & Perception
  • Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)
Psychology Module 3
Consciousness & Learning
  • What is Consciousness?
  • Sleep & Dreams
  • Altering Consciousness Through Hypnosis
  • Altering Consciousness Through Drugs
  • Classical Conditioning & Learning
  • Operant Conditioning & Learning
  • B.F. Skinner & Reinforcement
  • Cognitive Factors in Learning
  • Latent Learning: Forming Cognitive Maps
  • Observational Learning
Psychology Module 4
Memory, Thinking, Language & Intelligence
  • Five Memory Challenges
  • The Memory System
  • Processes of Memory
  • Stages of Memory
  • Forgetting
  • The Biology of Memory
  • Thinking & Problem Solving
  • What is Language?
  • Theories of Intelligence
  • Nature and Nurture in Intelligence
Psychology Module 5
Motivation, Emotions & Personality
  • The Psychology of Motivation
  • Theories of Motivation
  • Sexual Motivation
  • Achievement Motivation
  • The Expression of Emotions
  • Personality: Theory & Measurement
  • The Psychoanalytic Perspective
  • The Trait Perspective
  • Learning-Theory Perspective
  • The Humanistic Perspective
  • The Social-cultural Perspective
  • Measurement of Personality
Psychology Module 6
Stress, Health, & Psychological Disorders
  • What is Stress?
  • Psychological Moderators of Stress
  • Stress and the Body
  • Psychology & Chronic Health Problems
  • What Are Psychological Disorders?
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
Psychology Module 7
Methods of Therapy & Social Psychology
  • What is Psychotherapy?
  • Psychoanalytic Therapies
  • Humanistic Therapies
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapies
  • Biological Therapies
  • What is Social Psychology
  • Attitude Formation
  • Social Perception
  • Social Influence
  • Group Behavior

All necessary materials are included.


Upon successful completion of our Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1 and Level 2 courses, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for licensing and credentialing exams.  Each state has its own regulations.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

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