Online course

Tackling Addiction

Discover why we are all vulnerable to addictions, what causes and drives addictive and compulsive behaviours – and the best ways to overcome them

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Tackling Addiction

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  • Price: £159 per person

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£159.00

The good news about addiction is that with the right knowledge and treatment, many addicts can, and do, recover quite quickly.

This popular online course explains the key information you need to know to tackle addiction successfully.

The most useful course I've done in over 10 years of working with people with addictions

Youth & Community Worker

Why take this course

Joe Griffin’s new science-based insights into what is happening in our brains when we become addicted have proved a major leap forward in not only our understanding of the addictive process but the successful treatment of a wide range of addictions, including: • alcohol and drug addictions • eating disorders • gambling addiction • shopping addictions • computer gaming and TV addictions • sexual obsessions • and other compulsive behaviours…

As a result, thousands of addicts have already been helped to overcome their particular addiction.

As well as exploring these new insights and their relevance to successful treatment, this course gives you an essential overview of a wide variety of addictive behaviours, including what they have in common, why we are all vulnerable to addiction, and what the genuine causes and drivers of addictive behaviours are.

It also explains the most successful ways to rapidly break addictive patterns and how to prevent, or at least minimise, relapses, using psychotherapy informed by these latest neuroscientific findings.

So — whether it’s for professional or personal reasons — taking this online course on overcoming addictions could prove invaluable to you.

I can't thank you enough for this information.

Businessman & Father

What will you learn

  • How to be more effective when working with all sorts of addictions, including alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, gambling, shopping, computer games, TV, sexual obsessions and other compulsions
  • A greater understanding of the addictive process and what drives it including:
  • New insights into the process of addiction and the destructive dissociative elements that fuel it
  • New insights into why withdrawal symptoms are the key to understanding why people become addicted
  • New research-based information on the facts about which forms of treatment work and which don’t
  • A whole new understanding of the effective strategies you need for dealing with the full range of addictive behaviours – and how to put them into practice
  • Why many addicts can and do recover relatively quickly
  • Why withdrawal symptoms are so painful and how to deal with them
  • Specific information about how to break addictive patterns and prevent relapses
  • Ten warning signs that children are abusing drugs
  • Increased understanding of why young people take drugs
  • Knowledge of the discoveries about how to disengage the brain from addictive behaviour which are proving highly beneficial for helping addicts recover (sometimes even quite quickly)
  • The fascinating connection between addiction and learning – new insights which are transforming treatment
  • The social factors that are increasing the likelihood of addictive behaviour
  • Course notes
  • CPD certificate, that also counts towards the Human Givens Diploma
  • and much more…

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone wishing to better understand the process of addiction ‒ and why we are so prone to addictive behaviour ‒ no jargon is used
  • Anyone wanting to find out why withdrawal can be so painful, how to minimise its symptoms ‒ and how to prevent relapses
  • All members of the caring and welfare professions including: drug workers, youth workers, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, cognitive behavioural therapists, teachers, social workers, support workers
  • If you want to know about more effective ways to treat addictive behaviour ‒ whether for professional or personal reasons ‒ this course is for you.

What's included?

  • 24 Videos
  • 40 Quizzes
  • PDF Course notes
  • Life-long access
  • CPD Certificate

‘Tackling Addiction’ is based on our one-day seminar of the same name. This online version is split into 4 modules, each of which are broken down further into different sections containing filmed lectures given in English by the tutor, Joe Griffin.

Each film clip is followed by a short series of multiple choice questions. These are designed to help you think about and absorb the course content and to check that you have understood the main points of that section before proceeding to the next.

There are also course notes for you to download, plus additional reading information and helpful links.

You can take as long as you like to work your way through the course and can view it as many times as you like.

Once you have completed the course, you will receive a CPD certificate, which counts towards the Human Givens Diploma.

Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (29 Reviews)
  1. Ellen

    I have always thought the subject to be very complicated, but this course provided a common-sense approach and clarified many aspects for me about what addiction is really about. Lots of new information I’m going to do the skills workshop next. Thank you.

  2. Samantha

    I very much enjoyed this course how it was set out it was very clear and gave me so much extra knowledge and much more confidence to tackle addictions , after this course and applying the knowledge and skills , I have had great success with clients , i will certainly be signing up for the other courses.

  3. John

    Hi I really enjoyed the course and hope to do many more online courses as this can be done at times that suit me. Loved the irish accent and the way it was delivered.

  4. Michelle

    I found this seminar to be very informative and thorough. I especially liked the examples given and specific strategies shared.

  5. Sara

    The HG approach to working with addiction is applicable to so many problems. I work with eating disorders, and have already found the material really useful in my work. I have now booked the in-person workshop to bring my practical skills up to scratch too.

  6. Tom

    Another great HG course taught with humour, intelligence and clarity.

  7. Dora

    I have learned so much.

  8. Jack

    The best with this and the other HG courses is that they are now available for a whole year. Now I need a year to digest . Kind regards from Denmark Jack Gallagher

  9. Ruth

    As a trainee psychotherapist I have found all the courses attended thus far very useful, this one in particular as it has helped me pull together all I have learnt from classic psychology and hypnosis to help my future clients. Thank you.

  10. Ann

    I very much enjoyed the online module. It was presented in a most engaging way. The explanations were clear and well-supported with examples and metaphor. It would be very helpful for many people who are fixed unhelpfully in one way of thinking about addiction and troublesome habits of behaviour or thinking. Having done this module, I feel motivated to take another – hopefully not an addictive response! 😉 I would find it very helpful to have a transcript, or at least subtitles, to follow it more easily.

  11. Tracey

    I thoroughly enjoyed this online class. The material is well-paced and very easy to follow. Joe is so easy to listen to.

  12. Doug

    An easy to follow and well presented on-line learning course which I’d recommend to anyone who may have contact with individuals suffering from an addiction.

  13. Jennifer

    Good!

  14. Marian

    Good course. Found it a little difficult to navigate around it when wanting to review different bits. Perhaps I never found something that was obvious. Was there a way of getting the overall page up to see which bit I wanted?

    • In reply to Marian – HG College

      Yes if you navigate via the menu you should be able to scroll through to find any film clips or questions you want to review again.

  15. Elaine

    This was an incredibly insightful module clearly explaining the way the body works in terms of addiction. I found it very useful, and would love to see Joe record a cd for this as they have for other modules…. I find I can use this to reinforce these ideas, but can easily incorporate a cd into my life rather then reading a book (which I would also do!) but for Hebbian learning purposes listening to a cd while doing other tasks can be beneficial 🙂 A must do module for anyone wanting to learn about addiction, either for yourself or to help others!

  16. Leslie

    Very broad ranging course content with lots of excellent real life examples

  17. Eileen

    The course content is structured exceptionally well. I found the material informative ,insightful and it was delivered online at a very high standard that was easy to follow and retain. Joe Griffin is a joy to listen to, his down to earth professional approach and witty lectures made my learning fun and easy. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the companion book on the subject. Thankyou

  18. Síle

    Apart from feeling satisfactorily equipped now to explain the process of addiction to anyone who would benefit from understanding it from a science perspective, I am on a rampage of gratitude for the myriad of practical treatments proposed on this course and supported by anecdotal evidence of their success. The content is grippingly interesting and so passionately delivered by Joe, one could not but be excited at the prospect of using it to turn the lives of others around. There is however something for everyone in this material. On the continuum of clean living to which I think we all aspire, there can be many a slip between the cup and the lip. Knowing about the hierarchy of neuro communications in our brains can only serve to make us all more aware of triggers, trance states and potential overindulgence, if not addictions. I for one will be listening out for over enthusiastic self- talk and over attachment to food and beverages in advance of partaking of same henceforth, to ensure balanced, healthy relationships with everything I allow into my system. Joe Griffin and Iven Tyrrell are legends in their own time. This whole Human Givens organising idea is going to change the blueprint for effective psychotherapy and healing in whatever corners of the world it reaches. It’s got that Goldilocks quality, not too scientific, but significantly enough so, to render it credible and enduring and just the right balance of fact, new findings, breakthrough treatments and support material to make it engaging, accessible and respectably measurable. A fascinating learning space. Buíochas Mór. ‘Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in’ Leonard Cohen

  19. Susan

    I have always liked Human Givens as it’s logical and easy to understand . I work in a detox clinic. This module will help me with group work that patients attend every day. The psychobiological brain analogy is brilliant and will really help when working with clients.

  20. Fran

    Interesting up-to-date well delivered with enough new information to keep me interested. I think that the information re memory will help me in my practice considerably.

  21. Joan

    I really enjoyed this course and the information given on it. But the section on ‘the brain’ was not as clear as it could have been because the diagram on the white board was not clear on the video, I was very interested that there were two amygdalae etc but could not see it in picture form. The rest of the course is excellent and has helped me explain addiction to a client I am seeing who now tells people she is teetotal, the information I got from this course was instrumental to her understanding of why she may not be able to drink alcohol again, her decision not mine.

    • In reply to Joan – HG College

      Thank you for your valuable feedback, we will look into this and see if we can add additional material to improve it – there is also a diagram in the accompanying notes.

  22. Richard

    An incredible amount of information presented in a simple and easy to understand course

  23. Caroline

    This course was the best course/training/lecture etc on addiction I have had…by some margin. Thank you.

  24. Sally

    Excellent course. Many lightbulb moments as I have dealt with my own addictions. Feel confident to overcome the triggers by changing my environment and so happy and confident that as I move forward I will be able to help others overcome their addictions. Joe is such an inspirational speaker. Clear speaking with a great sense of humour. Eager to start my next online course in the weeks to come towards the Human Givens Diploma. Thank you Joe. The Human Givens model talks to me and makes sense. Wish I had known about it 20 years ago!

  25. Marie

    Thank-you for this clear practical course. I am indeed a disciple now of HG

  26. Dawn

    This course I found enjoyable and easy to follow. I purchased the book and have read along side to reinforce the learning. it has left me with a wanting to continue with further courses. I love the easy way that Joe Griffin is able to impart information or tell as story, keeping me alert and interested. Thank you

  27. Mandy

    This was very good, informative and not too technical.

  28. Anne-Marie

    Very clear and useful. Lots of vitally important ideas about how to think about addiction in new ways, such that recovery is more likely.

  29. Rob

    Definitely recommend this course. Why people get addicted never really made sense before, this made it very clear and gives huge hope for recovery.

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