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Addiction Studies

Addiction studies involve all aspects of addiction from initial understanding to prevention and treatment. It looks into how addiction affects people’s mental health, as well as their families and friends.

Current approaches and trends in addiction studies and treatment drive this in-depth program. Six online courses focus on addiction issues as they relate to health, mental health, social work, human resources and law enforcement. Learn about prevention, treatment, youth, physical and psychological addiction, mental health and family dynamics in this demanding field.

Through these online courses, gain an understanding of theories and models of substance abuse, indicators of dependence, and intervention and treatment strategies. Develop a deeper understanding of the most commonly assessed mental health and addiction-related issues, and how families influence and are influenced by addiction.

Acquire basic knowledge of drug classification systems and their physiological effects, as well as examining drug dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, methods of administration and motivating factors for drug use. As you work towards understanding adolescents and the unique considerations for this age group and addiction, you’ll examine the biological, cognitive and social development of adolescents.

Please note: This program is for those in the human service professions to support individuals experiencing an addiction. Becoming a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor requires the education and training listed on the CACCF website.

Professionals or para-professionals in the health and human service areas can achieve professional development with these courses. Each course is approved for 20 continuing education hours (CEUs) through the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF). You can also take courses for personal interest.

Benefits

  • Online delivery
  • Enhance your career prospects
  • Develop your personal and professional skills
  • Learn from experienced industry professionals
  • Earn a recognized credential
  • Earn continuing education units toward CACCF

Program Format

  • 6 required courses (120 hours)
  • Can be completed in 8 months or up to 3 years

This program is offered in collaboration with Mount Royal University.

Required Courses

  • XADD 10010 – Addiction Studies: Overview
    • Gain an understanding of several topics related to addiction, including theories and models of substance abuse, indicators of dependence, and intervention and treatment strategies. You will examine the stages of change model, motivational interviewing and its application to the addictions field. An overview of the other courses in the program including adolescents, prevention, family and drugs will also be covered.
  • XADD 10011 – Drugs and the Brain
    • Acquire basic knowledge of drug classification systems and their physiological effects. You will examine drug dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, methods of administration and motivating factors for drug use. Topics include simple pharmacology and biological factors of the recovery process.
  • XADD 10012 – Addiction and the Family
    • Examine the nature and structure of families, and the potential impacts on the family unit and individual family members when a family member has an addiction. You will be introduced to how families influence and are influenced by addiction, the power of the family in recovery, and current recommendations for best practices.
  • XADD 10013 – Understanding Adolescents and Addiction
    • Work towards understanding adolescents and the unique considerations for this age group and addiction. You will examine the biological, cognitive and social development of adolescents. Consider substance use and abuse through the adolescent lens, and learn more about the important considerations for treatment and intervention with this population.
  • XADD 10014 – Addiction and Concurrent Mental Health Disorders
    • Gain skills and knowledge to better identify and understand people with concurrent disorders. You will examine the prevalence of concurrent disorders and learn about the most commonly assessed mental health and addiction related issues. Explore assessment, treatment and recovery issues for the individual who is dealing with recovery from concurrent disorders.
  • XADD 10015 – Addiction Prevention
    • Explore programs that are designed to prevent or reduce the risk of developing substance abuse problems. You will examine models and critical success factors of prevention programming, health promotion and harm reduction.

Course Schedule

Subject CodeCourse Reference NumberStart DateEnd DateDeliveryCourse HoursCourse Fee
(Plus GST)
XADD 10010Not offered this semester
XADD 10011Not offered this semester
XADD 10012Not offered this semester
XADD 10013Not offered this semester
XADD 10014Not offered this semester
XADD 10015Not offered this semester