Addictions Worker Level 1 (AW 1) introduces students to the world of addictions in Canadian society. They begin with an overview of drugs and drug use in Canada today. Topics include drugs as a social problem, toxicity, substance dependence, crime and violence as it pertains to drug use, and the pharmaceutical industry in Canada. Students review how drugs work on the brain and human body, and learn about the chemical theories of behaviour. Students also are introduced to various non-substance addictions, including Impulse Control Addictions (kleptomania, pyromania, gambling) and Behavioural Addictions (food, sexual, pornography, using computers or the internet, playing video games, working, exercising, and shopping) This course consists of 20 days (100 hours) of daily, participative learning sessions.
Addictions Worker Level 2 (AW 2) continues the exploration into addictions, this time focusing on uppers and downers which are stimulants (like cocaine) and amphetamines (pain killers), depressants, and inhalants. Students learn how psychotherapeutic drugs including antipsychotics and antidepressants are used in the treatment of mental illness. Topics include alcohol and familiar drugs like tobacco and caffeine, as well as natural health products and over-the-counter drugs. This course consists of 20 days (100 hours) of daily, participative learning sessions.
Addictions Worker Level 3 (AW 3) moves into restricted drugs including opioids, hallucinogens, cannabis, and performance-enhancing drugs. Students learn about both the prevention and treatment of addictions, including organizations, like AA, which focus on rehabilitation. This course consists of 20 days (100 hours) of daily, participative learning sessions.
- A Community Service Worker diploma from Academy of Learning within the last 2 years, OR
- A Community Service Worker diploma from another accredited institution within the last 2 years; prospective students may use Credit for Prior Learning:
- On transcript
- By challenging courses
- Exceptions may be considered in consultation with the Healthcare Division
Students are supplied with textbooks for ongoing reference. In addition to quizzes, tests, and assignments, there is a Final Exam upon completion of the course. Students must achieve a mark of 75% overall and on the Final Exam to successfully complete the course.