Substance Misuse Awareness Level 3 Online Training


This course is about the misuse and abuse of substances such as drugs and alcohol that are used to change a person’s state of body or mind, for reasons other than a medical need.

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25 - 49
50 - 99
100 +


Substance Misuse Awareness Level 3 Online Training

This Substance Misuse training course aims to equip learners with in-depth knowledge covering the causes, types, signs, effects, treatment options, rehabilitation processes, and legal aspects associated with substance misuse.

This course concerns itself with the misuse and abuse of substances such as drugs and alcohol that people use to change a person’s state of body or mind, for reasons other than a medical need.

Substance misuse often leads to addiction, which can be defined as the continuing and compulsive misuse of substances despite physical and/or psychological harm to the user, family or society and includes both legal and illegal substances.

The term ‘substance abuse’ is now often used because of the broad range of substances (including alcohol and inhalants) that are addictive. This course explores Psychological dependence and Physical dependence and at the end of the course you will understand the following:-

  • Developed by professionals
  • Accredited by The CPD Accreditation Group
  • 100% online, learn at your own time and pace
  • Translates into over 100 different languages
  • Instant certificate downloaded

Who is it for?

This training is suitable to all staff working within Adult Health and Social Care. For drug and alcohol awareness training online course, visit the link.

When will I get my certificate?

Once you have successfully passed our course you will be able to download and print your certificate immediately.

As this course has been accredited by the CPD Group your certificate will contain the CPD logo and unique reference number.


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Key Points

Causes and Types of Substance Misuse 

  • Explain the major social, personal and medical factors that can lead to substance misuse.
  • Discuss the patterns of misuse that often occur, the types of dependence that substance misuse can lead to and the stages of substance misuse that lead to addiction.
  • Describe the range of substances commonly misused and their effects.

Signs and Effects of Substance Misuse 

  • Explain the physical, behavioural and psychological signs of substance misuse
  • Describe the effects of substance misuse on health
  • Treatment, Rehabilitation and Legal Issues

Explain the principles behind the range of treatments used with individuals who misuse substances

  • Identify the range of treatments, the purpose of rehabilitation and tips for helping individuals remain drug-free
  • Explain the main legislation relating to substance misuse including the National Harm Reduction Strategy.

Course Structure

This Level 3 Online Course on Substance Misuse comprehensively designs itself to provide you with a deep understanding of substance misuse and its various facets. The course is divided into three modules:

Module 1: Causes and Types of Substance Misuse

1.1 Understanding Substance Misuse

  • Major social, personal, and medical factors leading to substance misuse.
  • Recognising the influence of social, personal, and medical factors on addiction.

1.2 Patterns and Stages of Substance Misuse

  • Discussion on common patterns of misuse.
  • Types of dependence resulting from substance misuse.
  • Stages of substance misuse leading to addiction.

1.3 Commonly Misused Substances and Their Effects

  • Identification of substances commonly misused.
  • Examination of the physical and psychological effects of these substances.

Module 2: Signs and Effects of Substance Misuse

2.1 Recognising Signs of Substance Misuse

  • Explaining physical, behavioural, and psychological signs of substance misuse.
  • Strategies for identifying signs in individuals.

2.2 Impact on Health

  • Describing the detrimental effects of substance misuse on physical and mental health.
  • Understanding the long-term consequences.

Module 3: Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Legal Issues

3.1 Principles of Treatment

  • Exploring the principles underlying treatments for substance misuse.
  • Tailoring treatments to individual needs.

3.2 Range of Treatments and Rehabilitation

  • Identifying various treatment options available.
  • Purpose and benefits of rehabilitation programmes.
  • Tips for assisting individuals in maintaining a drug-free lifestyle.

3.3 Legal Framework and Harm Reduction

  • Explanation of the main legislation related to substance misuse.
  • Overview of the National Harm Reduction Strategy.
  • The role of legislation in prevention and harm reduction.

Course Benefits:

  • Comprehensive Understanding: Gain deep insight into substance misuse, from its root causes to societal impact.
  • Career Advancement: Enhance professional qualifications, opening doors in healthcare, counseling, social work, and more.
  • Personal Growth: Develop empathy and communication skills for effective support in substance misuse situations.
  • Legal Awareness: Understand UK’s legal framework and harm reduction strategies, ensuring compliance.
  • Impactful Contribution: Make a positive community difference by aiding those affected by substance misuse.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is substance misuse training?

Substance misuse training provides education on the improper or harmful use of addictive substances like alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescription medications. The training aims to increase understanding of substance misuse issues and provide skills to assist those affected.

What is level 1 substance misuse course?

A level 1 substance misuse course introduces the basics of identifying, understanding, and responding to substance misuse problems. It covers awareness of signs and symptoms, health implications, support strategies, and when to make referrals.

What is substance misuse awareness level 3 CPD?

This CPD course builds on level 1 and 2 to provide more advanced substance misuse awareness. Learners gain skills in assessing misuse, implementing interventions, understanding legal/ethical issues, and providing guidance. It awards 3 CPD points upon completion.

What is a Level 3 certificate in working with substance misuse?

This qualification equips learners to work directly supporting those with substance misuse problems. It covers comprehensive knowledge on causes, support needs, treatment approaches, safeguarding, policy, and more. Learners demonstrate expertise required for roles in this field.

What do substance misuse workers do?

Substance misuse workers support and treat individuals dealing with dependence on drugs, alcohol, or other addictive substances. Their duties can include assessing service needs, developing care plans, providing counseling and education, administering medications, making referrals, and more.

Is a Level 3 certificate good?

Yes, a Level 3 certificate demonstrates you have an advanced, comprehensive understanding of a subject, making it a valuable qualification. It is generally considered equivalent to an A-Level or advanced diploma.

What qualifications do you need to be a drug and alcohol worker?

Typical qualifications needed to work in drug and alcohol support roles include a Level 3 certificate in health and social care, counseling, or working with substance misuse. Some roles require more advanced qualifications like a Level 4 diploma, degree, or postgraduate study in addiction, mental health, or social work. Training and experience in counseling is also important.

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