Fundamentals of Addiction provides participants with foundational knowledge necessary for an understanding of the field of addictions, specifically relating to alcohol, other drugs and gambling.  This course will provide the fundamental knowledge from the addictions field that is common to all of the specific focus area within the field, such as gender-specific programming, services for youth, seniors and Aboriginal people.  It also includes a section on Pharmacology. The course provides an introduction and a base on which to build further knowledge and skills.


This course is eligible for U of M ACCP specialization in Addiction Studies and appropriate for post-secondary students and helping professionals Fundamentals of Addiction is the prerequisite for all ACCP students in the Addictions Specialty at the University of Manitoba.


This course will include foundational information in the following areas:

  • Overview of drugs, drug use, and gambling activities in Canadian society.
  • Theories of causation and current models for treatment and prevention.
  • How drugs work in the brain and how gambling affects thought processes.
  • Prevalence of alcohol and other drug use and misuse, gambling and problem gambling activity in Canada.
  • Overview of the formal addiction treatment system in Canada.
  • Framework to determine Level of Involvement and model of how people change behaviours (Stages of Change).
  • Components for successful treatment planning and continuum of treatment services available in Canada.
  • Ongoing processes for making and maintaining behaviour change.






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