Objectives

Addiction causes the addict to place less emphasis upon things like life-goals; affecting his willingness and capacity to learn and retain information while he is using or recovering from drug use. Consequences of drug use include short-term memory loss and short attention span and apathy. So many young users fall behind in classes and tend ultimately to quit school altogether. Interestingly enough, most chemically dependent people are highly adaptable, with a good capacity for learning and change. But when they fail to meet educational goals they lose self esteem because they know they can do better.

Knowledge about all aspects of addiction helps the addict to volunteer to therapy, to stay motivated, to help the therapist getting better-quality information regarding individual patient, to extract best possible results, and to help each other in the self-help groups. Formal and informal education then follows with better results to regain self-esteem.

Unlike many other diseases, Addiction is a Family Disease. Each member of the family plays a decisive role and is to be involved in the recovery processes.

The Addiction Education program is developed through effective amalgamation of Faculties of Education & Health-Care to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills for working with people with addictions of various types. It is incorporated in De-addiction programs with the following objectives :

  • Understand addictions and approaches to intervention, including assessment, treatment, relapse prevention, case management and self-help so as to extract most effective result from therapeutic procedures to recovery
  • For families, peers, friends, and for the addict, Addiction Education makes confrontation easier. It makes a controlled secured calm environment where each can face the other. It also enhances family’s strength and resources for the benefit of the addict.
  • Reduce Co-dependency – Compassion without wisdom.
  • Develop or enhance individual and group counselling techniques
  • Explore specific needs of individuals and groups including, women, youth, the elderly, adult children of alcoholics, people with concurrent disorders or other disabilities,
  • Understanding Harm Reduction techniques for alcohol, drugs & substances
  • Community education

Methods

1. Registration

2. Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.

Target Audience

In clinical set-up

  • Patients
  • Family members
  • School Members, Peers, Supporting Groups
  • Self-Help Groups, Recovering addicts, AA or NA Alumni

In Institutional Set-Up

  • Faculty of Education / Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Health, esp., Mental Health
  • Faculty of Law
  • Social Workers, esp. those active in de-addiction programs
  • Nursing Professionals

Public Education

  • Media
  • Social networks

Curriculum

Unit 1 : Understanding Addiction & Addictive Substances

Unit 2 : Understanding Addictive Behaviours – Early Suspicion & Detection

Unit 3 : How Addiction Affects Self, Relationships, Families & Society

Unit 4 : Co-dependency [compassion without wisdom]– Shed Hidden Fears & Hidden Tears. Confront Hard Facts & Bitter Truths

Unit 5 : Motivation Techniques & Enabling – The help that hurts but cures

Unit 6 : Evidence-based Strategies & resources for Early Intervention, Treatment, Recovery & Relapse Prevention – Hope for Tomorrow

Unit 7 : Long Term Support – Groups & apps, SOS calls

Unit 8 : Effect of addiction on Other Medical Conditions and treatments thereof.

Unit 9 : Influence of addictive behaviour of the patient on Medical Practice

Unit 10: Case study

Topics

Unit 1 : Addiction; Addictive Substances

  1. Addiction – Definition, Characteristics
  2. Addiction – Stages
  3. Substances – Their signs, symptoms, complications, and treatment
  • Petrol sniffing
  • Alcohol
  • Opiates, e.g. Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine
  • Prescription Drugs, e.g. Barbiturate, Benzodiazepine
  • Illicit drugs, e.g. Amphetamine

Unit 2 : Fight your disease – Family education -

  1. Bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of addiction
  2. Stages of Addiction and Recovery as a family
  3. New communication skills
  4. Healthy and unhealthy family behaviours
  5. Effects of enabling
  6. Relapse prevention
  7. Early suspicion, detection & prevention of relapse
  8. Rebuilding the family
  9. Anger and conflict management
  10. Self-esteem