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Training Programmes for Service Users

Modules for Service Users – “The Complete Recovery Care Package” (Total 12 Hours)

The training is delivered in short, manageable sessions. Participants can consolidate their learning at the end of each module with a short quiz. To read a description of each course, use the links below;

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The following modules attempt to provide service users with important information about addiction and its effects, as well as equip themselves with the necessary skills to sustain long term recovery.

These modules are suitable for service users, however anyone taking this course will benefit from an understanding of the basics of addiction treatment, and the common challenges faced by clients in recovery and their possible solutions.

The training is delivered in short, manageable sessions where you can learn at your own pace.

Not Mad, or Bad, But Sick (The Disease Concept) (1 Hr)

This module will provide participants with an introduction to the disease concept of addiction.

You will explore the main characteristics of addiction, understand various denial mechanisms and how they impact progression of the disease and examine the myths surrounding substance abuse.

This is followed by an overview of addiction treatment and you will also have the opportunity to take a short quiz to self-assess your learning.

The 12 Step Program (2 Hrs)

This basic course is for service users looking to strengthen their recovery using the 12 Step program.

It is designed in a simple and user-friendly format to help the individual apply the principles of recovery to their daily life.

You can choose to progress in a step- wise manner or skip ahead to one of the later lessons.

Participants will have the opportunity to conceptualise addiction within the twelve-step framework, explore key terms such as ‘self-will’, ‘higher power’ and ‘spiritual experience/awakening’.

They will also learn about the concepts of humility, resentments, and personal inventory; and the role they play in strengthening a recovery program and review the possible roadblocks to recovery.

A short quiz at the end helps participants to self-assess their learning.

Spirituality in Recovery (1.5 Hrs)

In this course, participants will begin by learning to identifying the relationships between beliefs, feelings and behaviours.

Learning outcomes include identifying irrational beliefs and their harmful consequences.

Further, they will explore patterns of addictive thinking and the underlying mechanisms that maintain them.

The session ends with strategies to move out of these dysfunctional patterns and finally self-assess their own knowledge with a short quiz.

This module can be used independently or in conjunction with other modules to augment your knowledge about addiction recovery.

Addiction and the Personality (45 Mins)

This short course will help you to explore the role played by negative emotions such as fear and anxiety during recovery from addictive substances, and to understand how this may impact long-term treatment outcomes.

This module can be used independently or in conjunction with other modules to augment your knowledge about addiction recovery.

Stinking Thinking (45 Mins)

In this course you will begin by learning to identifying the relationships between beliefs, feelings, and behaviours.

Learning outcomes include identifying irrational beliefs and their harmful consequences.

Further, they will explore patterns of addictive thinking and the underlying mechanisms that maintain them.

The session ends with strategies to move out of these dysfunctional patterns and finally self-assess their own knowledge with a short quiz.

This module can be used independently or in conjunction with other modules to augment your knowledge about addiction recovery.

Dealing with Shame (45 Mins)

Being in recovery is rewarding and fulfilling, however it can be more difficult to cope with negative emotions such as guilt and shame, common by-products of living with addiction.

This short course will help you to familiarise yourself with shame as well as explore strategies one can employ to effectively deal with it.

This module can be used independently or in conjunction with other modules to augment your knowledge about addiction recovery.

Dealing with Fear in Addiction Recovery (45 Mins)

This course will help you to explore the role played by negative emotions such as fear and anxiety during recovery from addictive substances, and to understand how this may impact long-term treatment outcomes.

This module can be used independently or in conjunction with other modules to augment your knowledge about addiction recovery.

Dry Drunk Syndrome (1 Hr)

A person is called as a dry drunk when they are in recovery yet exhibit all the behaviours of someone still using.

This brief course will help you to understand the difference between abstinence and sobriety, familiarise yourself with signs someone is going through a dry drunk and how to prevent a relapse as a result of being in this state.

This module can be used independently or in conjunction with other modules to augment your knowledge about addiction recovery.

Rebuilding Relationships in Recovery (1 Hr)

The family plays an important role in addiction and in order to improve treatment outcomes we need to understand the long-term consequences of addiction especially in terms of damage to interpersonal relationships.

In this course you will also be able to learn about the active behaviours both the user and family can practice helping rebuild fragmented relationships and integrate your understanding to real life application.

Faces of Sobriety (1.5 Hrs)

This course will help services users to understand more about sobriety, the need for a total recovery and that sobriety is a gradual growth process and is more than just staying abstinent.

It will also provide clients with an overview of the recovery process and assist them to conceptualise a definition of sobriety that involves more than mere abstinence.

Relapse Dynamics (45 Mins)

Relapse dynamics helps in understanding and dealing with relapse.

This course aims to provide an overview of the process of relapse and delve into the stages of relapse (Emotional relapse, mental relapse, physical relapse) along with the characteristic signs which accompany each stage.

Course participants will get an opportunity to view relapse in terms of the CENAPS model and end with relapse prevention techniques.

A self-assessment of learning outcomes at the end of the course helps to review your learning.

Introduction to Mindfulness (30 Mins)

This brief module is designed to introduce mindfulness theory and practice.

Designed to be easy to understand and user friendly, this experiential course will help provide clients with tools to develop the necessary coping skills to deal with common problems encountered in addiction recovery.

This course is perfect for you if you are a complete beginner to mindfulness. This module can be used independently or in conjunction with other modules to augment your knowledge about addiction recovery.


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