Understanding Addictions

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Course Description

Addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco is extremely common in the US and, in fact, 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. 

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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(911 votes)

Lesson 1: Understanding Addictions

Addiction is a common problem affecting millions of people throughout the world. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
  • Review Video: Wait21 -- Understanding Addiction as a Disease
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 6 Signs That You're Addicted To Something; Am I an Addict? PDF Questioner
  • Review Video: Why do we become addicted
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Health Risks in Addiction

Each of these substances carry serious negative effects on the body, some of which are irreversible. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: The Dangers of Painkillers: A Special Report; Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse; Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction; Addiction Risk Factors
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Advantages to Quitting Your Addiction

There are many advantages to quitting your addiction to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Stop Smoking Recovery Timetable; 8 Good Reasons to Quit Using Drugs
  • Complete: 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. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Individualized Treatment Plans For Addiction Recovery; Why Is It Important to Have a Personalized Treatment Plan?; How Can A Customized Addiction Treatment Plan Help Me?; The Importance of Nutrition During Addiction Recovery
  • Review Video: Recovery From Addiction
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Ten Popular Myths About Drugs, Addiction, and Recovery; Common Myths about Recovery; What You Really Don't Know About Recovery
  • Review 2 Videos: Keep Talking: The Myths and Truths About Addiction; Minnesota Channel - Myths of Addiction
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 6 Ways Therapy Can Strengthen Your Recovery; Strengthen Your Sobriety: Five Tips to Motivate You
  • Review Video: CRAFT: Josh King, Psy.D. Center for Motivation and Change
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: Addiction Recovery: 5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success; Goal Setting for Recovery; Here's How to Eliminate Frustration in Recovery, Stick to Your Goals; Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly; 6 Tips for Finding Strength in Addiction Recovery
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Five Steps to Mindfulness; 13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day; SMART Recovery- Mindfulness; Breaking bad habits: Mindful addiction recovery - The Cure
  • Review Video: The Addiction Show w/Lawrence Peltz, MD Author of The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Relapse Prevention: Know the Triggers and Warning Signs
  • Review 3 Videos: 12 Steps: Triggers in Drug and Alcohol Recovery -- Relapse Prevention; Top 6 Ways to Prevent Relapse for Alcohol, Drug and Behavior Addiction; Avoiding Anxiety Triggers
  • Complete: 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. 290 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 12 Articles: American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry; American Society of Addiction Medicine; American Psychological Association; National Association of Social Workers; NAADAC Substance Abuse Professionals; Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator; Alcoholics Anonymous; Moderation Management; Smart Recovery; Secular Organization for Sobriety; Women for Sobriety; Al-Anon Family Groups
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Exam 11
  • Complete: 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Understanding Addictions
Course Number: 9770469
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Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (911 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Support/Advice (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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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