Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1

Hours: 160 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $1,450.00

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

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

All necessary materials are included.

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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