Online Class: Understanding Addictions

This course is an in-depth study about addictions to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco as well as the impact of these addictions on the body and mind, and looks at the various treatment modalities used to manage these conditions.

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Course Description

Addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco is an extremely common issue throughout the world.  While there is treatment for these addictions, they are still poorly understood and there are many myths and misconceptions about the problem.

This course discusses addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  It discusses the impact of these addictions on the body and mind, and looks at the various treatment modalities used to manage these conditions. The ways in which treatment can be effective in treating these types of addictions are also discussed in this course.

There are also many resources for people who are addicted to the above substances.  This is also discussed in the course.  After taking the course, you will have a better understanding of addiction and the underlying mechanisms of why this problem occurs. There are some people more prone to addiction by virtue of having a family history of addiction, being around people using drugs and alcohol, and having a personality that promotes addiction.

At the end of the course, you will find that there are resources for all types of addiction.  Links to these resources are provided so that the addict and their family can find help in order to treat this difficult social, medical, and psychological problem. 

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Understanding Addictions

Addiction is a common problem affecting millions of people throughout the world. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Addiction; Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction; Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong; Wait21 -- Understanding Addiction as a Disease 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduce Yourself
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Self Identification - Am I an Addict?

All too often, alcoholics and addicts are unaware they have a problem as they are unable to see the obvious signs and symptoms of the disease. Additional lesson topics: Why do we become addicted; Several Signs That You're Addicted to Something; Am I an Addict? PDF Questioner 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Health Risks in Addiction

Each of these substances carry serious negative effects on the body, some of which are irreversible. Additional lesson topics: Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction; The Dangers of Painkillers: A Special Report; Addiction Risk Factors; Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Advantages to Quitting Your Addiction

There are many advantages to quitting your addiction to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Additional lesson topics: Stop Smoking Recovery Timetable; Several Good Reasons to Quit Using Drugs 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Your Personalized Recovery Plan

In this lesson, we will discuss ways that you can personalize your addiction plan for drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Additional lesson topics: The Importance of Nutrition During Addiction Recovery; Individualized Treatment Plans For Addiction Recovery; Recovery From Addiction; How Can A Customized Addiction Treatment Plan Help Me?; Why Is It Important to Have a Personalized Treatment Plan? 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: The Myth About Recovery and Addiction

Even though there are millions of addicts in the world, there still are myths and stereotypes around addiction and recovery. Additional lesson topics: Keep Talking: The Myths and Truths About Addiction; Ten Popular Myths About Drugs, Addiction, and Recovery; Minnesota Channel; What You Really Don't Know About Recovery; Common Myths about Recovery 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Strengthen Your Motivation

If you are sick of abusing drugs, consuming alcohol, or using products containing tobacco, you may need some motivation in order to stop these behaviors. Additional lesson topics: Drug Addiction Motivational Video Invest in Your Mind Series Episode 2 ; Several Ways Therapy Can Strengthen Your Recovery; CRAFT: Josh King, Psy.D. Center for Motivation and Change; Strengthen Your Sobriety: Five Tips to Motivate You 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: How to Succeed and Commit to Change

There has been a lot of research and attention paid to understanding ways to succeed in stopping the excessive use of these substances and the ways people commit to change, whether they do it on their own or use it as part of a drug treatment program. Additional lesson topics: Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly; Addiction Recovery: Several Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success; Several Tips for Finding Strength in Addiction Recovery; Here's How to Eliminate Frustration in Recovery, Stick to Your Goals; Goal Setting for Recovery 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Being Mindful by Conquering Your Emotions

The upsurge of emotions when trying to quit drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is because there was a reason you became addicted in the first place and these reasons don’t go away once you give up your drug of choice. Additional lesson topics: Breaking bad habits: Mindful addiction recovery; Five Steps to Mindfulness; The Addiction Show w/Lawrence Peltz, MD Author of The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery; SMART Recovery- Mindfulness; Several Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: How to Avoid Relapse

No one wants to think about relapse but the truth is that relapse is a natural part of trying to recover from drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Additional lesson topics: Several Ways to Prevent Relapse for Alcohol, Drug and Behavior Addiction; Relapse Prevention: Know the Triggers and Warning Signs; Avoiding Anxiety Triggers; Several Steps: Triggers in Drug and Alcohol Recovery -- Relapse Prevention 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Know How to Get Support and Other Resources

You need all the support and resources you can get. In this lesson, we will talk about support and resources you can take advantage of in order to stay clean. Additional lesson topics: Moderation Management; Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator; Secular Organization for Sobriety; Smart Recovery; Al-Anon Family Groups; American Psychological Association; American Society of Addiction Medicine; Women for Sobriety; NAADAC Substance Abuse Professionals; Alcoholics Anonymous; American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry; National Association of Social Workers 290 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Exam 11
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what constitutes an addiction.
  • Determine whether or not you are an addict.
  • Summarize health risks in addiction.
  • Describe advantages to quitting your addiction.
  • Define your personalized recovery plan.
  • Summarize the myth about recovery and addiction.
  • Define methods you can use to set yourself up to succeed and commit to change.
  • Describe being mindful by conquering your emotions.
  • Summarize methods you can use to avoid relapse.
  • Identify ways to get support.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Understanding Addictions
Course Number: 9770469
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (1,077 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, and Texas.
Last Updated: March 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 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
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "The course was loaded with invaluable information that provided us with resources, strategies, best practices, and an overall overview of drugs and alcohol as well as smoking addictions." -- Lamar M.
  • "Very interesting class and at times intense. Resources are extensive, thank you. Recently lost a family member to the war on drugs and this course was providing some closure and healing." -- Marjorie M.
  • "This course was greatly informative. This knowledge will assist me in establishing a Social Action Ministry Outreach Program!" -- Gloria J.
  • "Oh my gosh! This was beyond my expectations. I've just started working in mental health and substance misuse. This course was a gem! And I love the resources!" -- Monica H.
  • "I really got a lot of good teaching from this course to help me with my recovery one day at a time I highly appreciate this course." -- Jancarlos V.
  • "This course was extremely informative and helpful in understanding the way addiction is viewed. There were definite stereotypes that I had concerning addiction that were corrected. I feel greater empathy and awareness for the disease of addition." -- Theresa T.
  • "I think this course was very interesting. There were a few changes I would have made in order to be more successful, but they were only on my end. Overall, this was a wonderful course to take!" -- Lila G.
  • "It was very helpful. Glad I took the time to take this course." -- Desirae C.
  • "I thought this was a very educational course , with a lot of valuable information." -- Deborah L.
  • "I think this course was awesome!" -- Erin F.

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