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

Navigating the Complex Landscape of Addiction: A Deep Dive into Understanding & Intervention

Addiction, in its varied forms, is not just a challenge faced by individuals but a pervasive societal issue that ripples through communities and generations. From the bustling urban metropolises to quiet rural enclaves, the specters of drug, alcohol, and tobacco addiction persist. These challenges, despite their prevalence, remain shrouded in mystery, misinterpretation, and stigma.

Delve deep with us into the intricate maze of addiction. This course promises more than just information—it pledges enlightenment and empowerment. We aim to dissect the intricate layers of addiction, demystifying its origin, understanding its progression, and illuminating paths to recovery.

Our journey will begin by exploring the physiological and psychological ramifications of addiction. How does a casual sip, puff, or pill metamorphose into an overpowering dependency? We will unravel the science and psychology behind these changes, breaking down complex terms into digestible insights.

Beyond the biology, we'll wade into the societal and environmental triggers—how familial lineage, social circles, and even personality traits can act as catalysts for addiction. By understanding these facets, we can foster empathy and devise more effective strategies to counteract them.

Recovery, while challenging, is not an insurmountable hurdle. Our course will showcase the myriad of therapeutic modalities available today, demystifying their processes and highlighting their efficacy. From traditional approaches to cutting-edge therapies, we'll give you a panoramic view of the road to recovery.

But we won't stop at just imparting knowledge. Recognizing the importance of holistic support, the course culminates in providing a treasure trove of resources for those grappling with addiction and their loved ones. From local rehab centers to global networks, we aim to arm you with tools that can be transformative.

Embark on this enlightening journey with us. Whether you're a concerned loved one, a healthcare professional, or simply someone curious about the intricacies of addiction, this course promises to reshape your perspective. Together, let's bridge the chasm of misunderstanding and step into a world of informed compassion, proactive intervention, and hopeful recovery.

  • 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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(1,149 votes)

Lesson 1: Understanding Addictions

Addiction is a common problem affecting millions of people throughout the world. Additional lesson topics: Wait21 -- Understanding Addiction as a Disease; Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong; Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction; Understanding Addiction 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: Am I an Addict? PDF Questioner; Why do we become addicted; Several Signs That You're Addicted to Something 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: Addiction Risk Factors; Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse; Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction; The Dangers of Painkillers: A Special Report 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: Recovery From Addiction; How Can A Customized Addiction Treatment Plan Help Me?; Why Is It Important to Have a Personalized Treatment Plan?; The Importance of Nutrition During Addiction Recovery; Individualized Treatment Plans For Addiction Recovery 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: Minnesota Channel; What You Really Don't Know About Recovery; Common Myths about Recovery; Keep Talking: The Myths and Truths About Addiction; Ten Popular Myths About Drugs, Addiction, and 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: CRAFT: Josh King, Psy.D. Center for Motivation and Change; Strengthen Your Sobriety: Five Tips to Motivate You; Drug Addiction Motivational Video Invest in Your Mind Series Episode 2 ; Several Ways Therapy Can Strengthen Your Recovery 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: 6 Tips for Finding Strength in Addiction Recovery; Here's How to Eliminate Frustration in Recovery, Stick to Your Goals; Goal Setting for Recovery; Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly; Addiction Recovery: Several Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success 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: 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; Breaking bad habits: Mindful addiction recovery; Five Steps to Mindfulness 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: Avoiding Anxiety Triggers; Several Steps: Triggers in Drug and Alcohol Recovery -- Relapse Prevention; Several Ways to Prevent Relapse for Alcohol, Drug and Behavior Addiction; Relapse Prevention: Know the Triggers and Warning Signs 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: Secular Organization for Sobriety; National Association of Social Workers; American Society of Addiction Medicine; American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry; American Psychological Association; Al-Anon Family Groups; Smart Recovery; NAADAC Substance Abuse Professionals; Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator; Alcoholics Anonymous; Women for Sobriety; Moderation Management 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 (1,149 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: September 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: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 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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