About This Course

Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a widespread illness made even more serious because it is so often concealed.

This substance abuse counselling course sets out in simple form the essentials for understanding alcohol and drug problems in order to make individual assessments, give appropriate help within one’s own competence and to make referrals to the relevant agencies where necessary. The course aims to enable the student to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to help the suffering individual and their family members into recovery.



The qualities needed to counsel others in the therapeutic setting. The first part of the course will concentrate on drugs, addiction, counselling and the rehabilitation process. Towards the end of the course we will cover this in relation to alcohol addiction, counselling and the treatment process.

Assignment one:

The emotional factors in dependency and addiction

Getting the basic data from the client.

Assignment two:

Basic Counselling Skills

Basic Interview Skills

Assignment three:

The counselling relationship

Motivational skills

Assignment four:

Counselling the addicted

Drugs and the Law

Assignment five:

Comprehensive information on drugs




Assignment six:

Continuation of information on drugs

Glue, gases and aerosols

Anabolic Steroids

Assignment seven:

Coping with cravings

Coping with boredom

Warning signs of a relapse

Planning a change

Assignment eight:

Detoxication and rehabilitation of the user

Assignment nine:

What you should now about addiction to alcohol

Effects of alcohol to the body

Effects of alcohol to the family

Assignment ten:

Conducting the diagnostic interview

Assignment eleven:

Counsellors assessment and diagnosis of the problem

Assignment twelve:

Creating a treatment plan in relation to alcoholism

Assignment thirteen:

Treating the individual

Assignment fourteen:

Patient/Client programmes


This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.



At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies


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