Online Class: Drug and Alcohol Abuse 101

"Understanding Drug and Alcohol Abuse" is a comprehensive course aimed at a broad audience including educators, parents, counselors, and teenagers, focusing on the complexities of substance abuse. It covers the history, dynamics, and current trends of substance abuse, and offers practical guidance on prevention, intervention, and recovery, including personalized advice for those affected.

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Course Description

"Understanding Drug and Alcohol Abuse" is an essential and comprehensive course designed to address the critical issue of substance abuse in our society. This course is not just an educational journey; it's a deep dive into understanding, confronting, and ultimately combating the pervasive challenges of drug and alcohol abuse.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is tailored for a diverse audience – educators, parents, counselors, teenagers, or anyone touched by the impacts of substance abuse. It's particularly beneficial for those seeking to understand the complexities of addiction or looking for practical ways to support someone struggling with these issues.

Course Structure and Content

The course is divided into two main parts, each offering a wealth of knowledge and practical guidance:

  1. Understanding Substance Abuse: The first part delves into the history, facts, and dynamics of drug and alcohol abuse. It provides an up-to-date overview of the most commonly abused substances in the U.S., including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamines, LSD, and various prescription drugs. We'll explore the reasons behind substance abuse, focusing on the psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to addiction.

  2. Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery: The second part of the course focuses on practical aspects – prevention strategies, intervention techniques, and recovery processes. We'll discuss the signs of substance abuse, how to approach and support someone struggling with addiction, and the journey towards recovery, including rehabilitation and ongoing support.

Current Trends and Statistics

We'll explore how addiction affects various age groups and social classes, with a special focus on adolescents and teenagers – the most vulnerable group.

Special Notes and Personalized Guidance

The course offers personalized notes and guidance for those who might be experiencing substance abuse issues. These special sections, highlighted in rose-colored boxes, provide direct, compassionate, and practical advice for individuals seeking help.

Beyond the Course

While this course offers extensive knowledge, it emphasizes the importance of professional guidance and community support. We'll provide a comprehensive list of resources, including counseling services, support groups, and online forums, to assist those in need of further help.

Key Takeaways

  1. Comprehensive Understanding: Gain a deep understanding of the causes, effects, and dynamics of drug and alcohol abuse.
  2. Practical Skills: Learn how to identify signs of substance abuse, effective intervention strategies, and support mechanisms for recovery.
  3. Empathy and Support: Develop an empathetic understanding of the struggles faced by individuals dealing with addiction, and how to offer meaningful support.
  4. Resource Access: Gain access to a wealth of resources for further assistance and ongoing support.

Enrollment and Certification

The course offers flexible enrollment options, making it accessible to a wide audience. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate, acknowledging their commitment to understanding and addressing the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse.

This class is a vital resource for anyone looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of substance abuse. Whether you're personally affected, supporting someone who is, or simply seeking to broaden your knowledge, this course offers the insights, tools, and resources needed to make a meaningful difference in confronting this critical issue in our society. Join us in this important endeavor to build a healthier, more informed community.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Drug and Alcohol Abuse -- Awareness, Counseling, and Prevention

An introduction to the causes, consequences, and solutions related to the persistent culture of addiction in today's society. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: Introduction - Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Awareness, Counseling and Prevention

Lesson 2: Availability of Drugs

You may wonder how illegal drugs end up in the hands of kids. Old films showed us seedy characters in dark trench coats offering evil drugs to innocent children. Additional lesson topics: Illegal Drugs 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Availability of Drugs

Lesson 3: Why Do Humans Abuse Substances?

People choose to alter their consciousness for hundreds of reasons. The use of drugs and alcohol to get high is not a new phenomenon, even though today's choices may be more varied. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: Why do Humans Abuse Substances?

Lesson 4: Dependence and Addiction

It is important to know that addiction has been studied extensively. Abuse of substances does not necessarily imply addiction. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Dependence and Addiction

Lesson 5: Effects of Use and Dependency -- Potential Social Consequences of Substance Abuse

It could be argued that abuse of substances is a personal choice. If an individual chooses to compromise his or her own health and quality of life, can we just take the attitude of "live and let live?" Additional lesson topics: The Impact of Drugs on Society 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: Effects of Use and Dependancy - Potential Social Consequences of Substance Abuse

Lesson 6: Prevention in the Home

In this lesson, we will touch on programs and methods that have been deemed most successful by schools and parenting organizations. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Prevention in the Home

Lesson 7: Schools

Approximately 80 percent of our country's public school systems have implemented some kind of drug prevention program. Many have been discontinued due to budget cuts, and some have been eliminated because they simply have not worked. Additional lesson topics: Drug and Alcohol Abuse on College Campuses 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: School Prevention
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Schools

Lesson 8: Workplace Prevention

ow many people are among us at work who are dealing every day with an abuse or addiction problem? How many people do we contact each day at a place of business who may be struggling with a drug or alcohol problem? 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Workplace Prevention

Lesson 9: Assessment and Intervention

Assessment involves a number of questions about drug and alcohol use, including current use and use in the past, as well as the level and consistency of use. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Intervention
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Assessment and Intervention

Lesson 10: Treatment

When we can accept that addiction is actually a disease, we can approach its treatment much like we would approach treating other chronic diseases, like diabetes or asthma. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Treatment

Lesson 11: Following Up

Recovery does not end when rehab is over. There is a high rate of relapse after rehabilitation, and rehab clinicians and counselors are aware of the odds. 64 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Let us know what you think of this course; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Following Up
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe drug and alcohol abuse -- awareness, counseling, and prevention.
  • Summarize availability of drugs.
  • Describe why humans abuse substances.
  • Summarize dependence and addiction.
  • Summarize effects of use and dependency -- potential social consequences of substance abuse.
  • Describe prevention in the home.
  • Summarize schools and drug use.
  • Summarize workplace prevention techniques and policies of drug use.
  • Determine assessment and intervention of drug abusers.
  • Determine drug abuse treatment.
  • Summarize following up techniques.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Drug and Alcohol Abuse 101
Course Number: 7550481
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (3,399 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was great! I want to go to work in this field and found it not only accurate but helpful." -- Anita G.
  • "I found this coarse to be very informative and enables me with the knowledge and skills to address any related problems within my business." -- Bulent U.
  • "I think the course was super helpful, and has taught me a lot about drug rehabs, detoxification, and a lot about workplace safety." -- Alden B.
  • "I learned a lot of new things as well as things I remembered during this course. The information was helpful for me to get back in the field of addiction. I am glad I took this course." -- Bernadette B.
  • "I think this course is very helpful and I like that it teaches me how to support others in need of help." -- Christina M.
  • "Thank you so much! I am now well-equipped to understand the clients that have substance misuse disorders." -- Monica H.
  • "I thought this course was a very helpful and great way to guide addicts and people looking to work in this field." -- Megan M.
  • "I was impressed by Instructor Dr. Deirdre Mithaug's outstanding organization of the lessons, assignments and examinations!" -- Alvin O.
  • "The course was very well put together, and to the instructor, job well done." -- Dexter K.
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