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Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counselling Diploma

Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counselling Diploma

If you have decided to embark on a career that will let you work with people by way of offering professional support and guidance to change a life for the better, then this counselling course is a great stepping-stone.

Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a widespread illness made even more serious, because it is so often concealed and not addressed openly. This programme will teach you techniques to help anyone who wants to beat an addiction.

Why should I enrol onto this course?

A comprehensive course which will navigate you through the first part, concentrating on drugs, addiction, counselling and the rehabilitation process through to the end of the course where you will understand addiction to alcohol, the relevant counselling and the treatment process. The programme is flexible and promises to equip with everything you need to counsel others in a therapeutic setting.


Without having to compromise with your current commitments, you can study this Information packed, self-paced programme containing 14 modules that will help you:

  • Understand the meaning of dependency, the role of self-esteem and establish how to obtain good listening skills.
  • Learn how counselling differs from other types of assistance, explore good interview skills and listening skills.
  • Learn the importance of empathy; understand what is meant by trial and error, Look at the factors that make the best counsellors.
  • Identify useful motivational skills.
  • Explore the difficulties of counselling the drug abuser.
  • Understand the classifications and effects of drugs.
  • Learn to adopt different counselling styles.
  • Evaluate counselling skills.
  • Analyse drug recognition.
  • Explore relapse prevention.
  • Understand the importance of record keeping.
  • Explore the more commonly abused drugs such as Speed, Whizz, Fet, Billy, Sulph, Anabolic Steroids. Examine cravings and ways to get around them.
  • Learn ways of introducing ways of coping with drug related problems.
  • Recognise the warning signs of a relapse.
  • Learn to identify what constitutes an abuse problem.
  • Explore the peripheral problems.
  • Get to grips with the Golden Rules of counselling.
  • Specialise in counselling where the drug ‘ecstasy’ is concerned .
  • Analyse how to cope with sleeping problems.
  • Learn what you should now about addiction to alcohol.
  • Explore the therapeutic treatment philosophy.
  • Understand the difference between ‘a problem drinker’ and an ‘alcoholic’.
  • Investigate the different alcoholic classification systems.
  • Recognise the problem drinker’s problem.
  • Look at effects of alcohol to the body.
  • Look at effects of alcohol to the family.
  • Explore the importance and stages of the diagnostic interview.
  • Evaluate interview techniques.
  • Analyse the alcoholic diagnostic interview and learn how it works.
  • Understand the important factors to consider at the initial interview.
  • Explore the lines of questioning to discover what is important enough to your client to induce change.
  • Analyse the five diagnostic stages of alcohol abuse.
  • Explore the benefits of treatment.
  • Research and introduce ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’.
  • Explore the differences between drinkers.
  • Understand how the treatment approach should vary in accordance to the type of drinker.
  • Learn the concept of charting.
  • Explore optimal treatment plans for in/out patients.
  • Analyse techniques for assisting your client achieve abstinence.
  • Explore and understand what it can mean to give up alcohol.


  • There are no entry requirements for this course, making it ideal for beginners.
  • You will gain a endorsed Diploma.
  • Readily available for you to access online from anywhere.
  • At the end of each unit there is a multiple choice question assessment, which is a great way to help you remember the main points of each lesson and confirmation that you have retained the essential knowledge.
  • The emotional factors in dependency and addiction
  • Getting the basic data from the client
  • Basic Counselling Skills
  • Basic Interview Skills
  • The counselling relationship
  • Motivational skills
  • Counselling the addicted
  • Drugs and the Law
  • Comprehensive information on drugs
  • Recognition
  • Identity
  • Effects
  • Continuation of information on drugs
  • Glue, gases and aerosols
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Coping with cravings
  • Coping with boredom
  • Warning signs of a relapse
  • Planning a change
  • Detoxication and rehabilitation of the user
  • What you should now about addiction to alcohol
  • Effects of alcohol to the body
  • Effects of alcohol to the family
  • Conducting the diagnostic interview
  • Counsellors assessment and diagnosis of the problem
  • Creating a treatment plan in relation to alcoholism
  • Treating the individual
  • Patient/Client programmes
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android



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