Oct 20th 2016

Managing Addiction: A Framework for Successful Treatment (edX)

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Understand how to manage addiction in practice and respond effectively to clients with drug and alcohol problems.

Addiction is such a common problem today that clients experiencing alcohol, nicotine or other drug problems present in many different healthcare settings. The challenge of identifying effective ways to help people experiencing addiction is a serious one, and much depends on the quality of the clinical decisions we make. 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.

Key questions we will look at in this course include:

- Why is it so difficult to change addictive behaviour?

- What kinds of treatment can help a person experiencing 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 evidence do I need to be able to make a sound decision about treatment?

- What approaches to addiction are proven to work around the world?

- What is the potential impact of my decisions on the life of a person experiencing addiction?

This course explores the “Recovery Pathway,” an easy-to-use framework for helping people with addiction move successfully from addiction to recovery. It helps plan a pathway through screening and assessment, to withdrawal and long-term relapse prevention. The course will examine a range of psychosocial interventions and medication-assisted treatments. You will review the biological basis of behaviour and treatment related to the stage of recovery, as well as evidence-based and service delivery considerations. This course is an ideal starting-point for healthcare professionals who want to get to grips with effective approaches to treating addiction.

What you'll learn:

- Framework for pathways to recovery

- How to identify people at risk of addiction

- Applied understanding of intervention and treatment options

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