Details for Working with Addictions

This subject aims to equip students to understand the issues and dynamics surrounding the development of addictions and the focus of particular addictions. It will focus on a range of addictive behaviours. Students will examine the causes, characteristics, consequences and management associated with addictions.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSE302
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Working with Addictions

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine a range of theories that explain addiction and evaluate the cause, development and effects of different types of addiction;
  2. Examine the complex effects of various substance-related disorders at personal, family and community levels and identify apprpriate couselling or treatment approaches to help clients and their families with substance-related disorders;
  3. Identify approrpiate community resource and/or facilities and professionals that you could work with or refer to as a professional counsellor;
  4. Identify the ethical and legal issues involved in addictions counselling and develop a self-care plan suitable for a professional working in this area of specialisation 

Subject Content

  • A sociological perspective of addiction/s
  • Aetiology of addiction
  • Types of addictions including: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, love/sex
  • Outlining the components of a holistic approach with clients and those affected by addictions
  • Epidemiology of substance use and abuse
  • Developmental perspectives of substance abuse and addictions
  • Assessment, evaluation and referral processes
  • Treatment of addictions
  • Ethical issues in counselling addictions
  • Preventative interventions

Assessment Methods

  • Exam 25%
  • Case Study Analysis 50%
  • Paper and Presentation 25%

Prescribed Text

  • Mack, A.H., Brady, K.T., Miller, S.I., & Frances, R.J. (2016). Clinical Textbook of Addictive Behaviours (4th ed.). NY: Guildford Press.
  • West, R., & Brown, J., (2013) Theory of Addiction (2nd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Representative References

Ask, A. 2005 Clinical supervision resource kit for the alcohol and other drugs field, National Centre for education and training on addiction (NCETA), Adelaide, SA.

Doyle Pita, D. 2004, Addictions counselling: a practical & comprehensive guide for counselling people with addictions,  rev edn,  Crossroads, New York.

Haber, P. et al. Handbook – Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems. Prepared for the Commonwealth of Australia –Dept. of Health and Ageing. Sydney: University of Sydney.

Montag, C. and Reuter, M. 2015. Internet Addiction: Neuroscientific Approaches and Therapeutical Interventions. Springer.

Miller, W., Forcehimes, A. and Zweben, A. 2011. Treating addiction: A guide for professionals. Guilford Press.

Selbeckk, A.S. et al. June 2015. Addiction, families and treatment: A critical realist search for theories that can improve practice. Addiction Research & Theory, 23(3): 196-204.

Sherrell, R. and Gutierrez, D. January 2014. Couples and addiction: Three effective theories. The Family Journal, 22(1): 26-34.

Webb, J.R. et al. 2015. Forgiveness as a positive psychotherapy for addiction and suicide: Theory, research and practice. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2(1): 48-60.