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Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counseling

My Distance Learning College


Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a widespread malady that is treacherous because it is so often concealed.

This course sets out in simple form the essentials for understanding alcohol and drug problems, for making an assessment of the individual. For giving appropriate help within one's own competence and for making referral to the agencies where necessary. The background of students might be diverse, but whatever the background the aim of this course is to enable the student to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to help the suffering individual and their family members into recovery.

The qualities needed to counsel others in the therapeutic setting. The first part of the course will concentrate on drugs, addiction, counseling and the rehabilitation process. Toward the end of the course we will cover this in relation to alcohol addiction, counseling and the treatment process.

This course covers:

  • The emotional factors in dependency and addiction
  • Getting the basic data from the client.
  • Basic Counseling Skills
  • Basic Interview Skills
  • The counseling relationship
  • Motivational skills
  • Counseling the addicted
  • Drugs and the Law
  • Comprehensive information on drugs
  • Recognition
  • Identity
  • Effects
  • Continuation of information on drugs
  • Glue, gases and aerosols
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Coping with cravings
  • Coping with boredom
  • Warning signs of a relapse
  • Planning a change
  • Detoxication and rehabilitation of the user
  • What you should now about addiction to alcohol
  • Effects of alcohol to the body
  • Effects of alcohol to the family
  • Conducting the diagnostic interview
  • Counselors assessment and diagnosis of the problem
  • Creating a treatment plan in relation to alcoholism
  • Treating the individual
  • Patient/Client programs


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counseling Diploma

Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counseling Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 4 Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counseling Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 4 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 4, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 4 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9144
cost $503.00
estimated time to
complete course
140 Hours
course materials
365 Days