Drug and Alcohol Problems in the Community

This course is directed at ex drug users and drinkers, their family members, friends, other people from the community as well as staff working in community services who are interested in supporting individuals with drug and alcohol problems. This course goes beyond the usual drug and alcohol awareness training by equipping the participants with a wide range of skills and a thorough understanding of drug and alcohol related issues, the needs of individuals with such problems and where to get help from the range of treatment and support services in the local community.


The course ‘Drug and Alcohol Problems in the Community’ consists of four units.

Unit 1: Understanding Substance Misuse

Unit 2: Understanding approaches and interventions in substance misuse

Unit 3: Working with people with substance misuse problems

Unit 4: Advanced Knowledge and Skills in Substance Misuse, including the following units

  • Sex, drugs and alcohol
  • Substance misuse related violence
  • Substance misuse and pregnancy
  • Substance misuse within families
  • Dual Diagnosis


Award: After successful completion of the assessment tasks participants have the opportunity to gain Open College Network (OCN) academic credits for their further professional development (from 3 to 30 credits at levels 1, 2 or 3).


The course is offered in a blended learning approach, combining face to face teaching sessions with online assessments, supported by tutorials.

For more information please contact us.