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This unit will enable students to explore the theological, psychological and spiritual basis of addiction and support a client wrestling with addiction. 

 Offered: Refer to Counselling Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2 and 3

Discipline: DZ Professional Counselling


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts and terminology associated with addiction;
  2. Analyse the clinical features of addiction, the addiction cycle and co-occurring disorders;
  3. Consider spirituality and addiction particular with respect to sin, pornography and idolatry;
  4. Support a client in using psychological, behavioural and spiritual resources to deal with addiction;
  5. (Level 3) Demonstrate an understating of pharmacology and neurobiology with respect to addiction.


Journal (2500 words) 50%
Essay (Level 2: 2000 words, Level 3: 2500 words) 50%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Clinton, T. E. (2013). The quick-reference guide to addictions and recovery counseling: 40 topics, spiritual insights, and easy-to-use action steps. Baker Books. 

Doweiko, H. E., & Evans, A. L. (2014). Concepts of chemical dependency (9th ed.). Cengage Learning. 

Herie, M. & Skinner, W. J. Eds. (2015). Fundamentals of addiction: A practical guide for Counsellors. 4th ed. CAMH.  

Jantz, G. L. (2018). Healing the scars of addiction: reclaiming your life and moving into a healthy future. Revell. 

May, G. G. (2006). Addiction and grace: love and spirituality in the healing of addictionsHarperOne. 

Shaw, M. E. (2008). The heart of addiction: a biblical perspective. Focus. 

Struthers, W. M. (2009). Wired for Intimacy. How Pornography hijacks the male brain. IVP Books. Illinois 

Welch, E. T. (2001). Addictions: a banquet in the grave: finding hope in the power of the Gospel. P & R Pub.