CARE08049 2022 Addiction Studies

General Details

Full Title
Addiction Studies
Transcript Title
Addiction Studies
N/A %
Subject Area
CARE - Social Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Elizabeth Haran, Tamsin Cavaliero, Brenda Feeney, Caroline Costello, Sheena O'Neill, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_H08 202200 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education SG_HEARM_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education SG_HEARL_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education

Addiction Studies will address both substance and behavioural addictions. This module will give students access to a wide range of theoretical frameworks and the examination of the development of Irish social policy and legislation that underpin the study of addiction. The student will engage in practice based learning that will introduce them to an understanding of addictive behaviour and basic intervention skills that a practitioner could use to support this client group. Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation will be examined throughout this module. The effects, basic intervention and awareness skills and supports for the family and community effected by addiction will also be explored.

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking

Domain 3: Safety & Quality

Domain 4: Professional Development

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critique the addiction discourse from an equality perspective, with an understanding of its development trajectory within the field of social care. (Domain 1.9, 2.12, 3.6, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 5.14, 5.15)


Demonstrate an understanding of basic intervention skills, and prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services for those with addictive behaviours or their families (Domain 1.23; 2.1; 4.4; 5.1; 5.16).


Critique literature on the addiction field (Domain 1.9, 1.19; 3.6; 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6).


Analyse addiction policy and legislation to its impact on social care practice (Domain 1.9, 1.19).


Critique the models of addiction (Domain 1.19; 3.6, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered as a two-hour lecture and one hour tutorial per week.

Students will be expected to engage with the Moodle page.

All assessments will be both formative for feedback and summative.

Students will be expected to attend an open AA and AlAnon meeting that will be held during the module.

There will be two guest speakers from addiction practice.

Module Assessment Strategies

Awareness campaign 60%

LOs 1 & 2

Due date: In tutorial class , a date will be allocated for week 8, 9, 10 & 11

In groups of maximum 4, students should design and implement a creative addiction awareness campaign of their choice to a particular target group. Groups will pitch their idea in formative assessment before their summative assessment on week 5 for peer and lecturer feedback.

Research essay: 40%

LOs 3, 4 & 5

Due date: Week 13

Students are required to write a 2,000 word critical research essay on addiction, in which they can choose an area of interest that has been covered in the module. This essay should include the relevant model(s) of addiction, relevant policy and legislation and link theory to practice. Students have the option to submit a 1,000 word draft on week 8 for feedback.

This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

Awareness campaign/ workshop (Domain 1.23; 2.1; 3.12; 4.4; 5.1, 5.16).

Research essay (Domain 1.9, 1.19; 3.6; 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6)

Repeat Assessments

A repeat project will be assigned.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Irish culture, the media and substance misuse:

An examination of the historical context of Irish drinking and drug culture, with a focus on stereotyping and its impact. An analysis of the economic benefits and issues of alcohol. An explanation of regulations, codes of practice, restrictions and anti-alcohol/ drug campaigns. Critique of alcohol marketing for children and young people.

2. Alcohol and drug awareness:

Information on legal and illegal drugs and alcohol and in facilitating awareness campaigns and workshops.

3. Addiction, a family disease:

An exploration of role behaviour in a dysfunctional family. The explanation of basic intervention skills and supports available. The description of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The analysis of the Hidden Harm Strategy.

4. Views of addiction

An explanation of the types of addiction, Irish statistics and the addictive disease process. An outline of the DSM-1V/ DSM-V criteria for alcohol dependence. Show examples of assessment tools and describe basic intervention strategies. An explanation of the Local and regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces, and how and where to refer a client. A critique of the models of addiction – moral, socio-cultural, psychological, disease, bio-medical, bio-social and public health.

5. The harm reduction (HR) model:

An examination of the history and current practices of the HR model. The explanation of Methadone maintenance, needle exchange and drug consumption rooms. A discussion on the controversies, barriers and benefits surrounding HR. A focus on heroin injection use. To describe the Misuse of Drugs Act (2015).

6. Behavioural addictions:

The explanation of sexual addiction and sexual anorexia, compulsive buying disorder and internet/ phone addiction. Describing assessment tools, basic intervention skills and supports available.

7. Irish policy:

The analysis of the National Alcohol Policy (1996), National Drugs Strategy (2008-2009) and the National Substance Misuse Strategy.

8. Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI):

An exploration of the stages of change. A description of the core principals and communication skills in MI.

9. New Psychoactive Substances (NPS):

The explanation of NPS such as PMA/ PMMA, Synthetic Cannabinoids, stimulant-type drugs, research chemicals and Hallucinogenics. An explanation of the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act (2010).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Addiction Campaign Coursework Assessment Group Project 60 % Week 8 1,2
2 Research Essay Coursework Assessment Essay 40 % Week 13 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial workshop 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Core text book:

Thombs, D. L. and Osborn, C. J. (2013) Introduction to Addictive Behaviours. Forth Edition. New York: The Guilford Press.

Recommended reading:

Alcoholics Anonymous (2013) Big Book 4th edition. Alcoholics Anonymous: USA.

Alcoholics Anonymous (2013) Twelve steps and twelve traditions. Alcoholics Anonymous: USA.

Benson, J. F. (2010) Working more creatively with groups. 3rd Ed. London: Routledge.

Butler, S. (2002) Alcohol, Drugs and Health Promotion in Modern Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration.

Cullen, B. (2003) Community and Drugs: A discussion of the contexts and consequences of community drug problems in Ireland Dublin: Addiction Research Centre, Trinity College.

Connors, G., Donovan, D. & C. Di Clemente. (2001) Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change. New York: The Guildford Press.

Hardiman, M. (1996) Children under the influence. Dublin: Paragon Books.

Inciardi, J.A. & L. Harrison. (Eds) (2000) Harm Reduction: National and International Perspectives. London: Sage.

Kelly, JF (2011) Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research and Practice, Totowa: Springer.

Keogh, R. (2010) Dying to survive. Dublin: Gill & MacMillan.

Leukefeld, C (2009) Adolescent Substance Abuse: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment, Boston: Springer-Verlag.

Morgan, M. (2001) Drug Use Prevention: An Overview of Research. Dublin: Government of Ireland (NACD).

Orford, J. (2001) Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions (2nd Edition). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Petersen, T. and McBride A (2002) Working with substance misusers: A guide to theory and practice, London: Routledge.

Rassool, GH (2009) Alcohol and Drug Misuse: A handbook for students and health professionals. London: Routledge.

Robinson, S (2009) Ethics in the Alcohol Industry, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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