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Course Description

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Awareness, Counseling and Prevention is a comprehensive course that addresses the problems of drug abuse across the spectrum, including the latest thinking about prevention and awareness. This course provides an understanding of the origins and current status of drug use, and includes special notations addressed to a person who may be experiencing problems with substance abuse. This curriculum is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, students and workers, as well as someone seeking help for him or herself.

The course also covers assessment, intervention, rehabilitation and recovery, and includes a list of helpful resources.  For anyone who has an interest in any aspect of drug and alcohol abuse, this course can prove to be a very beneficial tool. So join us today!

Course Requirements

This course does not require any previous medical background. Any aged learner (18 or older) is welcome.

This online course contains 11 easy to read lessons which can be completed at own pace (access to course upon enrollment will be available for up to 6 months)

Course Topics

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


Lesson 2: Availability of Drugs


Lesson 3: Why do Humans Abuse Substances?


Lesson 4: Dependence and Addiction


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


Lesson 6: Prevention in the Home


Lesson 7: Schools


Lesson 8: Workplace Prevention


Lesson 9: Assessment and Intervention


Lesson 10: Treatment


Lesson 11: Following Up


Course Materials

All course material is available within this online course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson multiple choice and T/F Quiz . Some of the lessons will be followed by an assignment based on lesson facts and opinions expressed.

70% or higher will be required in order to complete this course.  

Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment2
Lesson 1: Introduction - Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Awareness, Counseling and Prevention9
Lesson 2 Assignment2
Lesson 2: Availability of Drugs9
Lesson 3: Why do Humans Abuse Substances?10
Lesson 4 Assignment2
Lesson 4: Dependence and Addiction9
Lesson 5: Effects of Use and Dependancy - Potential Social Consequences of Substance Abuse10
Lesson 6 Assignment2
Lesson 6: Prevention in the Home10
Lesson 7: Schools10
Lesson 8 Assignment2
Lesson 8: Workplace Prevention10
Lesson 9: Assessment and Intervention10
Lesson 10 Assignment2
Lesson 10: Treatment9
Lesson 11 Assignment2
Lesson 11: Following Up10
The Final Exam52
Total Points:173

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