Addiction & Recovery 201

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Welcome to Addiction & Recovery 201, Units 4 and 5!

Addiction is now the number one public health issue in the United States. Addiction can tear apart individuals and families and destroy lives. As Christians, God wants us to be His instruments of healing and restoration for those caught in the chains of addiction. The good news is that with today’s incredible medical and scientific advances that have refined the way we understand addictions, and with the application of spiritual transformation and renewal, we can offer real hope. This comprehensive course includes five units, each containing 6 lessons , complete with worktext and exams.

Course Lessons and Descriptions

Unit 4: Treatment Issues and Protocols

ADAR 401 Models of Treatment
David Jenkins, Psy.D. and Paris Finner-Williams, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. David Jenkins and Dr. Paris Finner-Williams provide an overview of the primary models of treatment used in working with addiction and recovery. Special emphasis is given to the medical treatment, community-based, spiritual, detoxification, and pharmacotherapy models of treatment. Dr. Finner-Williams concludes by looking at ethical and cultural considerations.

ADAR 402 Screening, Assessment, and Referral
Marian Eberly, RN, MSW, LCSW and Paris Finner-Williams, Ph.D., J.D.
Marian Eberly and Dr. Paris Finner-Williams address a holistic orientation to problems in counseling, addictions, addiction screening tools, and how counselors assess for denial, resistance, and motivation in the recovery process. They also discuss considerations and factors associated with the treatment of addictions.

ADAR 403 Dual Diagnosis and Comorbidity
Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
Dr. Gary Sibcy presents a thorough overview of the topics of dual diagnosis and comorbidity in addiction. He further expands the concept of developmental pathways by highlighting the characteristics of the early and later starter pathways in the context of addiction and substance abuse. Dr. Sibcy concludes this lesson with an informational interview investigating the issues of dual diagnosis and comorbidity.

ADAR 404 The Obsessive-Compulsive Continuum
Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
Dr. Gary Sibcy provides counselors with an excellent model for conceptualizing the differences between obsessive-compulsive anxiety disorders and addictive disorders. He provides a survey of the orthogonal relationship between impulsiveness and compulsivity. Finally, Dr. Sibcy provides various treatment methods that illustrate the differences between obsessive-compulsive and addictive disorders.

ADAR 405 Adolescents and Addictions
Leroy Scott, Jr., M.S., M.Div., LHMC
Counselors are given information concerning adolescents and the use of addictive substances. Leroy Scott provides various statistics illustrating the surprisingly high substance abuse seen among adolescents in both the church and secular communities. He also elaborates on the signs of drug use in adolescents while highlighting the roles of the counselor, parent, and pastor in utilizing therapeutic interventions. Leroy concludes by focusing on treatment and assessment recommendations for adolescent substance abusers.

ADAR 406 Spiritual Applications
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Scalise examines the spiritual dimension in its relationship to the topic of addiction. He focuses on the concept of the “stronghold” and the Christian’s response to various strongholds through faith and commitment to Christ. The lesson continues through the delineation of the origins of five dysfunctional rules that often keep addicts from challenging personal strongholds. Dr. Scalise provides an extensive survey of factors related to addiction management, concluding by offering important considerations regarding the addict’s relationship to God.

Unit 5: Recovery and Transformation

ADAR 501 Beyond Codependency
Jennifer Cisney, M.A. and Debra Laaser, B.S.
Jennifer Cisney and Debbie Laaser examine the concepts of codependency and dysfunction in the realm of addiction. They also discuss the “losing of self” characteristic within codependent relationships as well as the various treatment recommendations for both codependents and addicts.

ADAR 502 The Family and Recovery
David Stoop, Ph.D.
Dr. David Stoop examines the dynamics of addiction as it relates to the family. He discusses various genetic and generational arguments in considering the nature of addiction in families. Dr. Stoop also provides a model for analyzing the family dynamics of addiction and concludes that addiction is a family issue

ADAR 503 Marital Recovery from Addiction
Mark Laaser, Ph.D. and Debra Laaser, B.S.
Dr. Mark Laaser and Debbie Laaser provide a personal testimony of marital recovery from addiction. They also highlight the key lessons learned and recommendations for addiction counseling. The Laasers discuss various difficulties encountered in working with marriages in addiction while developing a model of marital recovery and additional useful resources for study.

ADAR 504 Step-based Approaches and Relapse Prevention
John Baker, M.B.A.
A thorough understanding of the rationale and concepts of the Celebrate Recovery program are presented by founder, John Baker. Baker describes the Christian heritage of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, develops a Christ-centered step-based alcoholic recovery program, and discusses various issues that lead to relapse and intentional relapse prevention.

ADAR 505 Legal/Ethical Issues & Social Policy
Paris Finner-Williams, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. Paris Finner-Williams describes areas of addiction and how legal/ethical issues and social policy relate to these areas. She discusses the legal/ethical issues directly related to alcohol, drugs, and other illicit drugs. Finally, Dr. Finner-Williams addresses cultural competency issues as they relate to addiction and recovery.

ADAR 506 Biblical Transformation and Renewal
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Scalise discusses the dynamics of biblical transformation and renewal as it relates to the process of change. He describes common factors regarding the change process, forgiveness, and a balanced understanding of God as a Father.

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