Substance Use and Misuse Awareness Level 3

Course code: SH031
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Gain an in-depth understanding and awareness of substance use and misuse. Study where and when you choose and at a pace that suits you!

  • Gain the knowledge you need to understand the causes of substance and drug abuse
  • Be aware of the different treatments available
  • Explore the help and advice that is available for drug users and their families
  • Understand how to work with individuals with addiction problems
Course Overview

Do you have an interest in working with people who suffer from substance use and misuse problems? Perhaps you would like to become a counsellor or therapist? Then this course is perfect if you want to kick-start your career!

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or email, so it couldn’t be easier. Your experienced and friendly tutor will help you every step of the way by email. You will have more than enough time to complete your course so you can work at your own pace. Start your journey and develop your skills and knowledge today and join over 90,000 students that already have!

This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), at the end of this course students will be able to join and become a member of the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an independent self-regulated professional body for counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists.

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Course Content
  • Reasons individuals have for using drugs and alcohol (both positive and negative)
  • Different motivations for using various substances
  • Analysing underlying causes
  • Physical and psychological effects that drugs and alcohol can have on the people who use them
  • Different ways to respond to substance use and misuse
  • National and international drug policing and prevention strategies
  • Different individual charities and support groups that are available
  • Impact drugs can have on individuals especially children and families living in a wider community
  • Ways that communities can help those suffering from substance use problems