Singapore University of Social Sciences

Addiction Intervention I: Substance Abuse

Addiction Intervention I: Substance Abuse (SWK555)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Addiction I: Substance Abuse is designed to prepare students for the realities of working with clients affected by substance addiction and abuse. It provides the necessary tools to translate addiction theory into practice intervention. It presents the range of established theoretical perspectives including the moral model, the medical model, the disease concept and the 12-step ecological social work approach. The range of treatment modalities in substance addiction including individual, group and family treatment will be addressed.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Overview of substance abuse
  • Abuse of hard drugs
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Abuse of prescription drugs
  • Nicotine abuse
  • Care of family members and significant others
  • Treatment models

Learning Outcome

  • Examine substance abuse both in the local context and internationally.
  • Compare the differences in addiction in adolescents, women and the elderly as well as social cultural factors associated with it.
  • Discuss HIV/AIDS and mental disorders in substance use and on addiction treatment.
  • Appraise the stages and the models of substance addiction, including the legal implications of its effects on the families.
  • Evaluate the various treatment models, care as well as involvement of families in addiction intervention.
  • Analyse the ethical issues involved in treatment.
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