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Aiding Addicts

This is a MHSS Specialty Course. To register to MHSS specialties you must first complete the core MHSS course - either online or via a 2-day workshop.


The MHSS Aiding Addicts Specialty equips learners with foundation knowledge of the various addictions and how best to assist the addicted.

Perhaps you know someone who is caught in the grip of an addiction; maybe the person is very close to you. Ultimately, only the addict can choose to heal his or her addictions, but your support through the person's treatment and recovery process may be pivotal to their success.

So what can you do? How do you ascertain whether it is an addiction? If you are dealing with addiction, what are the characteristics of the addictive behaviour? And what constitutes genuine assistance to move a person along to recovery as opposed to "enabling" (helping the self-destructive behaviour to continue)?

Aims of the Course

The purpose of this course is to equip you with the information you need to be maximally helpful in supporting a person suffering from the disease of addiction. We assume that you have successfully completed the Mental Health Social Support course, and thus have learned the basic micro-skills of social supporting.

The main aims of the course are that, upon successful completion of it, you will be able to:

  1. Define addiction and explain why it has such a negative impact on addicts, their families, and the community in general.
  2. Recognise the main types of addiction, including:
    • Alcohol
    • Drug
    • Gambling
    • Sexual
    • Compulsive overeating
    • Compulsive spending
  3. Identify appropriate strategies to support those with addictions.

Prerequisite: MHSS Core Course

Course duration: 8 Hours

Cost: $249



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