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Certificate Course in Addiction Psychology

This course focusses on the traditional addiction issues of drugs and alcohol across the globe. Students will learn more about the issues and various methods of intervention and care in this course.

Course Fee: GBP 299 | Code: 103 - Duration: 6 months

About this course

Addiction is the continued repetition of a behaviour despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviours.While addiction can be of substance or behaviour, this course focusses on substance addiction.
Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its "normal" functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal.
Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

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Course Information

  • Audience

    Students, Carers, Family and Friends of Addicts, Support staff of psychologists, teachers and others interested in the field of substance abuse.

  • Course Duration

    6 months full access to complete the course

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    Study time

    Recommend 2-3 hours per week depending up on your understanding of the subject.

  • Examination

    There is a timed exam at the end of the course. You need to score 50% or more to be awarded the Certificate.

  • Certificate

    You will see an option to print your certificate on your screen OR save it as a PDF. The certificate is also automatically emailed to your registered email ID

  • Accreditation

    Psychology World® is an Open & Distance Learning Quality Council, UK accredited provider. ODLQC is the UK guardian of quality in open and distance learning and a member of the European Association of Distance Learning. The accreditation ensures that Psychology World® courses are amongst the best in the world.

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this Certificate Course in Addiction Psychology is to educate students with relevant information and actionable knowledge on the problem of Addiction. Students will gain insight into the causes of substance and behavioural addiction. They will also learn how to better assess addiction situations and intervene appropriately.

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Course Coverage


    Understanding Addiction
    The Hazards of Drug Abuse
    Drug Classification
    Models of Addiction
    Family Systems Theory
    Bowen's Family Systems Theory
    Brickman’s Compensatory Model
    Addiction Treatments
    Pharmacotheraphy
    The Process Of Counselling And The Cycle Of Change
    Stages of Counselling
    Drug and Crime
    Drug- Related Diseases


    Drug Use and Drug Policy
    Alcohol and Drug Education
    Management of alcohol-and-drug-related issues in the workplace
    Case Study
    Co-Dependency
    Impact on Children
    Parenting Guidelines
    AI-Anon
    Addiction Distortions
    The Intervention Approach
    Counselling for Relatives of Problem Drinkers
    Counsellor Qualities
    Integrative Counselling Skills Model
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