Substance Misuse Awareness

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In our Substance Misuse course, you will gain a detailed insight into how substance misuse disorders impact someone’s life, as well as into the particularities that make someone vulnerable. You will learn about the various ways to treat addictions, such as detoxification, rehabilitation and various methods to cope while in recovery.

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Course Description

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All about this Substance Misuse course

In this course you will learn about addictions and the problems associated with substance misuse.

You will learn about the basic counselling skills that are required when treating individuals with substance misuse disorders.

You will acknowledge that alcohol addiction can lead to severe health problems in the long term.

Many individuals who suffer from alcohol abuse develop health complications that require appropriate medical intervention, which will be looked at in detail throughout this course.

You will consider that despite someone’s willingness to engage in recovery and to completely quit a substance, some intrusive thoughts and cravings for a drug might still appear out of nowhere.

This course will look at detoxification, or detox and you will learn that it is the process of removing any chemicals and substances associated with a drug from one’s body.

A detox process helps individuals safely manage their withdrawal symptoms when they stop consuming alcohol or drugs.

You will learn that addictions affect the brain and behaviour in such a way that people who misuse substances regularly find it difficult to resist urges and to quit.

At the end of this course you will look at the factors that can significantly decrease the well-being of someone who misuses substances to cope with the demands of their life.

The aggressive and violent behaviours that result from drug abuse can increase violent and even fatal incidents in communities and can even lead to murder and crime.

You will learn that an addiction increases the incidence of homelessness and vagrancy, which poses concern to the health and safety of communities.

In order to complete the course, you must achieve 80% or more in the final multiple choice quiz.

You will earn 3 CPD points on completion of the course, this course will take around 3 hours to complete and the certificate will last for two years.

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  • Completed online with instant downloadable certificate
  • Fully printed certificate posted next day
  • Complete the online multiple choice assessment as many times as you need to pass

Units covered

  • Unit 1 – Introduction – In our first unit you will have the chance to learn about substance misuse and how it manifests in individuals. You will gain a deep insight into the causes of substance misuse, why it develops, and what the most prevalent forms of drug addiction are. Furthermore, you will learn about the clinical aspects of addiction, as well as its symptoms and ways to recognise it. You will also learn about different drug classes that lead to addiction and how they manifest in an individual’s behaviour.
  • Unit 2 – Basic counselling skills – The aim of this unit is to equip you with relevant knowledge on basic counselling skills that are important when working with people with substance misuse disorder. You will learn about the motivational techniques that counsellors can put into practice when helping individuals with a substance misuse disorder along their recovery process. You will learn about some of the latest legislation related to drug use and possession. This information will be useful for you to have a better understanding of the legal aspects of substance misuse.
  • Unit 3 – Types of dependencies – This unit will give you a more detailed overview into various types of addictions. You will have the chance to learn more about how each type of dependency manifests in various individuals, according to their predisposing factors and individual vulnerabilities. Since all types of substances can impact individuals differently according to their individual factors, this unit also aims to explore the categories of people that are most at risk for each type of substance use.
  • Unit 4 – Getting help for dependency – This unit will explore different ways in which individuals who suffer from substance misuse disorder and dependency can cope with their addictions and develop resilience. You will be guided through treatment alternatives and options that individuals with dependency can be supported with. You will learn about techniques that those struggling with an addiction can apply to become more resilient when dealing with withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, this unit will also look at possible ways in which people can respond to treatment and interventions for drug addiction.
  • Unit 5 – Problems associated with dependency – In this final unit, we will explore the different areas that are affected and damaged by a substance misuse disorder. Since addiction affects all areas of life, such as health, relationships, employment, and social life, it is important to acknowledge all the implications that result from misusing substances. You will look in depth at some of the problems experienced by those dependent on substances.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about this course and others that we offer. If you still have any questions, simply contact our course advisors on 0800 077 3063 or email

How long does the course take to complete?

This course takes a few hours to complete and you can do this without any restrictions. This means you can buy the course and start at any time. You can also begin your learning, stop and come back to the course to pick up where you left off.

Is this Substance Misuse Awareness course accredited?

Yes the course is fully accredited through the CPD Certification Service. They review all of our content to check for quality, depth and that the material is fully up-to-date. Each year our membership with the service is renewed and all courses are thoroughly checked prior to being accredited.

Will I get a certificate when I finish?

Yes, as soon as you finish this course you can immediately download a PDF version of your personalised certificate. We also then send a fully printed copy to you by first class post.

How long does the certificate last?

The certificate after finishing this course lasts for 2 years until expiry which is when we recommend completing the training again. Some industries may require an update to CPD more frequently than this and others may not but, as a standard rule, we recommend completing the Substance Misuse Awareness course every 2 years to ensure it is fresh in your mind and you understanding the latest regulations.

What are the benefits of completing this Substance Misuse Awareness course online?

By completing this course online you can study in your own time and at your own pace. Having the ability to complete the units at a time to suit you engages your learning much more and enables you to interact and soak up the information easier.

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This course has been checked and assured for quality and accuracy by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, to ensure it meets their exacting standards and is up-to-date. Formed over 100 years ago, RoSPA are committed to increasing safety measures and reducing accidents throughout numerous industries as well as campaigning for better standards in health and safety worldwide.

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Substance Misuse Awareness
Substance Misuse Awareness
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