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Understanding Addictions
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A one-year CPD course, aimed at professionals who come across addictions in their line of work (counsellors, social workers, police, probation, health professionals, etc). The course will take place on Saturday per month for 9 months.

Addictions are highly prevalent in the UK. Here are some statistics:

  • 1 in 11 adults admitted to taking illegal drugs in 2018/19
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists warned recently that 8 million people were drinking at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Deaths related to drug misuse at their highest level since comparable records began in 1993, according to the NHS.
  • The average person spends 3 hours and 45 minutes on their mobile phone each day.

Addiction affects us all. The impact goes beyond the individual, affecting families, friends, communities and society as a whole.

The course will provide an in depth understanding of addiction: its definitions, causes and symptoms, as well as how to respond to and support those affected by addictions.

There will also be a big focus on the context in which addictions are developed, maintained and treated (legal, ethical, social, cultural).

The course focuses on both ‘traditional’ substance addictions, as well as on behavioural addictions (gambling, internet, shopping, etc)

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Course Details

 Key Objectives:
  • Learn the definitions of addiction (substance misuse and behavioural)
  • Develop understanding of the diagnosis of addictions in DSM-5.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the causes, symptoms and consequences of addictions.
  • An in-depth understanding of the Biopsychosocial model of addiction, which provides a holistic view of the person affected by addictions as well as looking at the context (familial, social, cultural) in which misuse of substances and behaviours set in.
  • Participants will be introduced to skills and techniques use when working with addictions Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention, etc) as well as developing an understanding of the treatment programmes available in the community and through public health (Pathways to Recovery, 12 Steps, SMART Recovery).
  • Participants will gain an awareness of the legal and ethical dimensions to addictions work.
  • Self- awareness and self-care are an integral part of this course.


What you will learn: 

Participants will learn from an experienced practitioner in the field of addictions. Max’s extensive personal and professional experience will give participants a view from both sides: the helper and the helped. 

This course will provide professionals with a holistic understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatment of addictions, so that they will be much better equipped when encountering these presentations in their work.


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