Addiction is such a common problem today that people experiencing alcohol, nicotine or other drug problems present in many different healthcare settings. The challenge of linking people experiencing addiction to the right response is a serious one, and much depends on understanding addiction and recognizing the role that we all play in the pathway to recovery.
This course is intended to help you meet this challenge by increasing your understanding of the biology of addiction and the available treatment options in the different stages of the recovery journey.
Individual course: $199
Course duration: 5 weeks
Time commitment: 2-3 hours each week
Experience level: Intermediate
Learning partner: University of Adelaide
Course type: Self-paced on your time
Subjects: Health, safety, philosophy, ethics, and social sciences
Key questions you will look at in this course include:
When do we call “excessive use” addiction?
Why is it so difficult to change addictive behavior?
Who can play a role to get people on the track to recovery?
How do you respond to people with mild to moderate problems?
How can you assess and increase motivation to change?
What sort of interventions can support a person experiencing severe addiction?
What is my role as a professional, either within or outside of addiction care?
How can I identify the best of the many options available?
What are hurdles to get the right support to manage addiction around the world?
Topics of study
Framework for pathways to recovery
How to identify people at risk of addiction
Applied understanding of intervention and treatment options
A background in healthcare may be helpful prior to taking this course, but there are no formal prerequisites.
About the University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia’s third oldest university and has a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching. The university is known for its dedication to the discovery of new knowledge and preparing the educated leaders of tomorrow. It has over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous winner, and five Nobel laureates among its alumni community. Currently there are more than 25,000 students from over 90 countries.