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Addiction Studies



The Addiction Studies QQI/FETAC level 5 component award provides a real opportunity for you to learn about the process of addiction and the consequences of how it affects families, communities and Irish society.


This is suited to anyone interested in working with persons with different types of addiction. Ideally suited for care workers, community workers, social workers, charity volunteers, agency workers, or indeed anyone, who wishes to work in this challenging area.

You will be able to:

  • gain a knowledge of addiction, different drugs and their effects
  • become familiar with the process of addiction
  • gain a knowledge of how addiction effects individuals, families, and communities
  • develop skills in communicating about drug/alcohol issues and addiction
  • develop skills in understanding appropriate responses to addiction
  • develop a critical awareness of attitudes towards addiction


An important part of working in addiction counselling is identifying strategic responses to the various stages of the addiction process. You will gain a thorough understanding of the different misuses and effects of drugs on the person.  Apart from acquiring a critical awareness of the causes of addiction, and models of treatment of addiction, you will learn to identify patterns of drug abuse.


Personal Learning:

All participants on this programme will be expected to keep and maintain a personal log/journal of their personal learning experiences during the course.




On successful completion, you can pursue a degree award in any humanities, social work or social sciences discipline from a recognised third level institution. Many students will also volunteer their services to the relevant agencies who specialise in different types of addiction or will end up working in the voluntary, health or social care sectors.




Awards:    Community Addiction Studies Level 5 Minor Award 5N1834 Further Education and Training

Awarding Body:  

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland


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