Addiction Studies

  • Course overview

    Addiction courses

    Completing an Addiction course part time over 10 weeks is perhaps one of the best decisions you could make. This Addiction Studies course from CMI's school of Psychology allows you to learn about the process of addiction and the consequences of how it affects families, communities and Irish society.

    Being an Addiction counselor and doing addiction counselling is a real skill and can only be learned after completion of an Addiction studies course. Ideal for 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.

    On this Addiction course, 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 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.

    This Addiction course leads to progression to counselling courses specialising in addiction.
    Award body: QQI
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    Assignment Case Study

    Award: Community Addiction Studies Level 5 Minor Award 5N1834 Further Education and Training
    Awarding Body: QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

    Progression to 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 addiction agencies in the voluntary, health or social care sectors.
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  • Modules

    The Addiction Studies course is divided into the following areas:

    1. Drugs and their effects
    2. The impact of addiction on the family and the community.
    3. The services available in response to addiction
    4. Community responses
    5. The nature and practice of intervention
    6. The media presentation of addiction
    7. Application of Psychological Theory & Behavioural Interventions
    8. The participant's own personal learning 
  • Fees

    Classroom course is € 750.00     
    Includes all tuition, registration, assessment and online notes.
    Applicants are required to pay a minimum deposit of €300 to secure a place on the programme. The balance of fees are due on or before programme commencement.

    See CMI Terms & Conditions for booking.


    How do I book

    Simply complete the online booking form  .

    Pay a 300 euro deposit online via Visa debit or Visa credit card

    Your place on the course is confirmed within 2-3 days of receipt of online booking/payment.

    Balance of payment is required before commencement of course.

    Online Bookings and payments are subject to CMI Terms & Conditions

Course timetable

  • Classroom

    • Start: Tuesday 8th October
    • End: December 2019
    • Assigments: 2 Assignments
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Level: 5
    • Places: Now Enrolling



Zara is a Senior Child Protection Social Worker who works directly with families, young people and children impacted by addiction. Zara qualified with a Masters of Social Work from Brunel University in 2013 and has since this time studied part-time earning diplomas in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child Self-Esteem and most recently a Level 8 Certificate in Crisis Pregnancy Counselling from Maynooth University. Zara lectures on Community Addiction Studies with CMI. 

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