Drugs and Substance Abuse Course.

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We are all touched by addiction personally, within our circle of family and friends, and within our community. Addiction and its related harms can be crippling for those affected and the people around them. But how does addiction develop? What can we do to treat it? And what can we do to prevent it?

This course will cover information about the nature and effects of drugs of abuse. The course will also address the social and personal dynamics involved in the phenomena of drug abuse. Finally, the various rehabilitation programs currently being employed to combat drug abuse will be explored.


5 Days

Who Should Attend

Professionals in drug prevention sector, Service providers (in Government, Semi-Government and Non-Government), judicial officers, Staff in prisons and juvenile homes, nurses and medical professionals.

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Course Objectives

At the end of this IRES training course, participants will learn:

  • Discuss the nomenclature, nature and diagnostic criteria for addiction.
  • Describe the psychopharmacological basis of drug action, neurotransmission, tolerance and dependence, including the neuroanatomical structures relevant for addiction and the role of neuroimaging in understanding drug action and neuroadaptation.
  • Explain the genetic, individual and environmental factors associated with addiction, including gene environment interactions
  • Summarise the psychosocial and health-related harms of addiction, including the effect of drug abuse and addiction upon foetal and child development.
  • Describe the relationship between mental health problems, drug abuse and addiction, the link between cannabis and the onset of psychosis and the issues around dual diagnosis.
  • Describe the general nature and range of treatment approaches for addiction.
  • Explain the rationale for pharmacotherapeutic treatment approaches for addiction and the role of social setting and support in recovery.
  • Discuss the economic benefit of effective addiction treatment.
  • Describe the general nature of the role of policy in responding to drug related harm.
  • Explain the role of policy on availability, accessibility and marketing upon drug prevalence.
  • Debate the issues surrounding the legalisation or criminalisation of drugs of abuse.


Course Outline

Module 1

  • Types of Drugs and Harmful effects of Drugs
  • The nature of addiction and its diagnostic criteria.
  • Basics of counselling and intervention to substance abuse disorder
  • Management of alcohol use and related disorder
  • Management of Cannabis use disorder

Module 2

  • Management of Opioid use disorder
  • Life Skills Education & Activity
  • Behavioral Change Communication & Family role in addiction
  • Workplace Prevention for Industries / BPO/ Factory
  • Law Enforcement related to Drugs (Substances)

Module 3

  • The pharmacology and neuroanatomy of addiction and dependence.
  • Biological, genetic and environmental factors associated with the development of addiction.
  • The consequences of addiction, including the complex relationship between mental health, drug abuse and addiction.
  • The nature and range of treatment approaches and options available for addiction.

Module 4

  • The role of international and national policy in responding to addiction.
  • First-hand account of an adult’s experience of addiction.
  • Current research studies and techniques in addiction science.
  • Future directions and challenges in addiction science, policy and treatment.

Module 5

  • Understanding on substance abuse and addiction
  • Sign & Symptoms (Medical Perspective) and Myths & Facts of Drug Addiction
  • Sign & Symptoms (Social Aspect)

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Course Administration Details:


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected] or [email protected]

Mob: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067 or

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course.

Send proof of payment to [email protected] or [email protected]

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