Full Title:Addiction Studies
Module Code:NOCODE175
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically evaluate the different options for treatment of addition in the Irish context.
  2. Explore the wider systemic impact of addiction on the lives of those that are addicted and their families.
  3. Predict the behavioural and psychological impact of addiction on the person.
  4. Critically evaluate the different theoretical approaches that are used in working with addiction.
  5. Critically reflect on the wider socio economic factors that can impact on the development of addictions such as; poverty, educational attainment and employment.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Understanding the behavioural and psychological impacts of addiction
How addictions impact on the physical and psychological well being.
Treatment Models
Harm reduction, methadone maintenance, therapy.
Theories and Concepts
Motivational Interviewing, Wheel of Change, Systemic Family Therapy, CBT.
Impacts of addiction on families:
Stress on parents and siblings, child protection.
Socio-economic perspective on addiction
Focus on the wider socio- economic factors that impact on addiction on one's recovery.
The importance on ongoing support for those recovering from addiction
Self care
Staff caring from themeslves when working with vulnerable people
Addiction and young people
The developments of addiction in the teenage years, support and treatment models.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Presentation Presentation: research a theme of interest that is connected with addiction present research findings. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 Week 26 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Richard Sandor 2009, Thinking Simply About Addiction: A Handbook for Recovery,, Tarcher USA
  • Harold Urschel 2009, Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-Based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program., Sourcebooks, Inc USA
  • Georgia W 2009, Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down: 50 Things Every Alcoholic and Addict in Early Recovery Should Know, or How to Stay Clean and Sober, Recovery from Addiction and Substance Abuse., Ornery Tiger Press USA
  • Barb Rogers 2009, Keep It Simple and Sane: Freeing Yourself from Addictive Thinking., Conari Press USA
  • Heyman, Gene M. 2009, Addiction : a disorder of choice, Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Mass
  • Jeffrey Poland and George Graham. 2011, Addiction and responsibility, MIT Press, 2011. Cambridge, Mass
  • Orford, J., Addiction dilemmas family experiences from literature and research and their challenges for practice, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Chichester, Sussex, U.K
  • National Advisory Committee on Drugs 2004, Mental health and addiction services and the management of dual diagnosis in Ireland, Stationery Office Dublin
  • National Advisory Committee on Drugs 2007, An overview of cocaine use in Ireland II, National Advisory Committee on Drugs Dublin
  • National Advisory Committee on Drugs 2003, A review of harm reduction approaches in Ireland and evidence from the international literature, NACD Dublin
  • Northlands Centre 2010, Coping with a relative's addiction : advice for handling addictive behaviours in family situations, Veritas.
  • Marina Barnard 2007, Drug addiction and families, Jessica Kingsley. London
  • Michael Gossop 2003, Drug addiction and its treatment, Oxford University Press Oxford
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Erdos, Marta B.; Gabor, Keleman; Brettner, Zsuzsanna., 2009, It's High Time ... Time Experience of Drug-Dependent Persons in Recovery., Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery., Vol. 4 Issue 3, 202-218
  • Laudet, Alexandre B.; Becker, Jeffrey B.; White, William L.. 2009, Don't Wanna Go Through That Madness No More: Quality of Life Satisfaction as Predictor of Sustained Remission from Illicit Drug Misuse., Substance Use & Misuse., Vol. 44 Issue 2,, 227-252
  • McCarty, Dennis; Gustafson, David; Capoccia, Victor; Cotter, Frances. 2009, Improving Care for the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Disorders., Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research., Vol. 36 Issue 1., 52-60
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 8 Mandatory