Studying Drug and Alcohol Misuse

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Healthcare is at the heart of our society and this is personified by the NHS, which deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours. One aspect of healthcare is informing and treating patients who may have misused drugs or alcohol.

Distance Learning Centre has a number of courses that gives students the opportunity to learn advanced skills in understanding the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Through these courses students will obtain a stronger understanding about drugs and alcohol misuse, the side effects and why people take drugs and misuse alcohol.

Here are a few courses to consider if you’re interested in studying and learning about Drug and Alcohol Misuse.


Approximate Self-Study Time: 80 hours

Price: £195 (spread over 4 months)

This course acts a great introduction into the different types of drugs and build more of an awareness as to why people may misuse drugs and alcohol. The course also covers fundamentals about the law and preventative measures. Alongside teaching the basics of drug and alcohol abuse, the course also looks at what treatments are available in your local area and how to set up an abuse treatment program up in your local area. 

The learning objectives will provide a great overview for beginners who want to understand how drugs and alcohol can impact people’s lives and what steps can be taken to treat clients. This course is brilliant for those looking to get into supporting those with drug and alcohol issues as a full-time position in the future.

For more information, head over to the Drug & Alcohol Misuse - Level 2 Course page.


Approximate Self-Study Time: 120 hours

Price: £250 (spread over 4 months)

The Drug & Alcohol Counselling - Level 3 Course offers students a deep insight into the methods of counselling clients who misuse substances and practice methods of counselling clients who need support with drug and alcohol issues. 

Over nine units, students will understand the fundamentals of counselling including the traditional styles, dealing with alcohol problem and substance misuse. This 120-hour course should cover everything a student is looking for from counselling clients with drug and alcohol issues.

For more information, head over to the Drug & Alcohol Counselling - Level 3 Course page.


Approximate Self-Study Time: 200 hours

Price: £425 (spread over 4 months)

This distance learning course is a fantastic resource for those who are particularly interested in working directly with people who have alcohol or drug misuse problems and will lead to a fully recognised RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) qualification. These are nationally recognised qualifications that are superseding the old NVQ framework qualifications.

The government has set out their "Drug 2010 Strategy” – Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery and supporting people to live a drug-free life.” This course offers an opportunity for personal growth and occupational competence in an area identified by the government, as one requiring extra attention.

Over the course of 3 units you’ll gain fundamental knowledge of drug and alcohol misuse as well as assessing and acting upon immediate risks of danger.

For more information, head over to the Understanding Substance Misuse - Level 3 Certificate (RQF) Course page.