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Addiction Therapy Diploma Course

Addiction Therapy Diploma Course

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The Addiction Therapy Diploma Course has been created with the goal of enabling its students to pursue a rewarding career as an Addiction Therapist; working to help those with ‘traditional’ addictions or other behaviours and negative lifestyle choices, to overcome their afflictions with positive action.

What You'll Learn from the Addiction Therapy Diploma Course

This course guides you through 8 comprehensive modules:

  1. Addiction
  2. Alcohol
  3. Drugs and Medications
  4. Lifestyle and Food
  5. Therapy Tool Overview
  6. Therapy Outset
  7. Client Empowerment
  8. Career and Business

The 1st module of the Addiction Therapy Diploma introduces students to the course by concentrating on the nature of addiction itself. This module helps students to understand basic human needs in relation to addiction and how therapists approach addiction, along with sharing scientific findings and psychological studies that explore how some people are affected, while others are not.

Module 2 focusses on one of the more common addictions: alcohol dependency. Recent findings in this area are presented to students; increasing understanding with up-to-date knowledge, alongside general ideas of the hows and whys of alcoholism. Of course, each case of alcohol addiction individual, and how this can manifest itself from person to person is described here.

Another commonly-known addiction, is drug addiction. Module 3 of the Addiction Therapy Diploma Course discusses the two cultural forms that this can take: legal and illegal, showing that the addictive nature of medications prescribed by doctors can be just as addictive as illegal drugs, despite the social implications of each being different. How each type of drug affects the user and why they are addictive, is also covered.

We can become addicted to anything. Module 4 discusses lifestyle addictions, the common destructive patterns of any addiction, and how to recognise these. Specific lifestyle addictions, such as smoking, food, particular ingredients, chocolate, coffee, and gambling are all covered individually in the module.

The Addiction Therapy Diploma Course’s 5th module gives an introductory overview of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (often abbreviated to CBT) and other progressive methods, such as Mindfulness, which have proven to be effective therapy tools in the battle against addiction.

The following modules concern beginning work as an Addiction Therapist, with module 6 laying out how to start seeing clients, following a predefined blueprint, to aid you through those first few sessions. The course explains this blueprint as the ‘six stages of counselling therapy’, with this module bringing students the first 3 stages, with in-depth, detailed information to follow and use in sessions with clients.

With the foundations laid for the six stages of counselling therapy, and the first 3 explained in the proceeding module, the 7th module of the Addiction Therapy Diploma Course covers the final 3. This complete the aforementioned blueprint, and discussing the action area of therapy and how you can aid your client to make positive changes.

The last of the course’s modules focusses on the business side of setting up as an Addiction Therapist, with various business-related topics discussed, such as the legalities, finances, marketing and business plans, and more; everything you need to know to build a highly successful small business.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Addiction Therapy Diploma Course has been designed to take students from complete novices, to having all the information they need to start a career, or their own business, as an Addiction Therapist.

Although no prior knowledge is needed to take the course, students who are already in a career of care will learn a lot here that could be useful in their roles, and others who would like to understand addiction better will also benefit greatly.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Addiction Therapy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus



Module 1: Addiction

  • Why Do We Become Addicted?
  • Rat Heaven
  • Addiction and Loneliness
  • Addiction VS. Connection With Others
  • The Human Givens
  • Physical Needs
  • Emotional Needs
  • Resources
  • Hierarchy of Needs
  • Hierarchy Of Needs Explained
  • Addiction and the Hierarchy of Needs
  • To Summarise
  • Maslow's Pyramid
  • Module References and Further Reading
  • Module 1 Exercise

Module 2: Alcohol

  • Understanding Alcohol Problems
  • Alcoholism
  • Stages of Alcoholism
  • Pre-alcoholic Phase
  • Prodromal Phase
  • Crucial Phase
  • Chronic Phase
  • Alcohol Dependence Syndrome
  • Alcohol and the Brain
  • Therapy Clients
  • Therapy Terms
  • Individual Factors
  • Socialisation
  • How Are Children Impacted?
  • Impact on the Family
  • Availability and Acceptance
  • The Facts
  • Prescribed Detox Medications
  • Depression and Rumination
  • To Summarise
  • Module References and Further Reading
  • Module 2 Exercise

Module 3: Drugs and Medications

  • Drug Abuse
  • Depressants
  • Cannabis
  • Energy and Focus Drugs
  • Common Stimulants
  • Social Drug Use
  • Hallucinogens
  • Prescription Addiction
  • Commonly Addictive Prescription Drugs
  • To Summarise
  • Module References and Further Reading
  • Module 3 Exercise

Module 4: Lifestyle and Food

  • Smoking
  • Therapy Tips For Quitting Tobacco
  • Smoking Substitutes
  • E Cigarettes (EC)
  • Eating
  • Emotional Approach
  • Physical Addiction
  • Sugar
  • Coffee and Chocolate
  • Gluten
  • Lactose
  • Replacement Foods
  • Gambling
  • To Summarise
  • Module References and Further Reading
  • Module 4 Exercise

Module 5: Therapy Tool Overview

  • Perspectives of Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • CBT and Addiction
  • Useful Thought Exercises
  • Mindfulness
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Mindfulness and Addiction
  • Resilience
  • To Summarise
  • Module References and Further Reading
  • Module 5 Exercise

Module 6: Therapy Outset

  • Stage One
  • Active Listening
  • Empathy and Sympathy
  • Are You A Natural Empath?
  • Observation
  • Professionalism
  • Stage Two
  • Addiction Severity Index (ASI)
  • Client Assessment
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Stage Three
  • Core Values
  • Personal Values
  • Goal Setting
  • Initial Assessment
  • Client Values - Assessment
  • SMART Goals Template
  • Module References and Further Reading
  • Module 6 Exercise

Module 7: Client Empowerment

  • Stage Four
  • Stage Five
  • Stage Six
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Group Work
  • To Summarise
  • Module Reference and Further Reading

Module 8: Career and Business

  • Regulation
  • Accreditation
  • Marketing
  • Business Plan
  • Risk Assessment
  • Early Warning Symptoms
  • Insurance
  • Finance
  • To Summarise
  • Module Reference and Further Reading

Course Assessment


All of our courses include full tutor support. You can contact your tutor either by email or telephone, or request a call back.

Our friendly course advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions that you might have.

Our contact numbers are:

Freephone: 0800 955 6808

Training Centre: 0161 907 0948

We also offer monthly practice groups and inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of the techniques, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our monthly events via email.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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