Course Description

Counts towards the HG Diploma

The good news about addiction is that with the right knowledge and treatment, many addicts can, and do, recover quite quickly.

This popular online course explains the key information you need to know to tackle addiction successfully.

Joe Griffin's new science-based insights into what is happening in our brains when we become addicted have proved a major leap forward in not only our understanding of the addictive process but the successful treatment of a wide range of addictions, including: • alcohol and drug addictions • eating disorders • gambling addiction • shopping addictions • computer gaming and TV addictions • sexual obsessions • and other compulsive behaviours...

As a result, thousands of addicts have already been helped to overcome their particular addiction.

As well as exploring these new insights and their relevance to successful treatment, this course gives you an essential overview of a wide variety of addictive behaviours, including what they have in common, why we are all vulnerable to addiction, and what the genuine causes and drivers of addictive behaviours are.

It also explains the most successful ways to rapidly break addictive patterns and how to prevent, or at least minimise, relapses, using psychotherapy informed by these latest neuroscientific findings.

So — whether it's for professional or personal reasons — taking this online course on overcoming addictions could prove invaluable to you.

What you will learn

  • How to be more effective when working with all sorts of addictions, including alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, gambling, shopping, computer games, TV, sexual obsessions and other compulsions
  • A greater understanding of the addictive process and what drives it including:
  • New insights into the process of addiction and the destructive dissociative elements that fuel it
  • New insights into why withdrawal symptoms are the key to understanding why people become addicted
  • New research-based information on the facts about which forms of treatment work and which don't
  • A whole new understanding of the effective strategies you need for dealing with the full range of addictive behaviours - and how to put them into practice
  • Why many addicts can and do recover relatively quickly
  • Why withdrawal symptoms are so painful and how to deal with them
  • Specific information about how to break addictive patterns and prevent relapses
  • Ten warning signs that children are abusing drugs
  • Increased understanding of why young people take drugs
  • Knowledge of the discoveries about how to disengage the brain from addictive behaviour which are proving highly beneficial for helping addicts recover (sometimes even quite quickly)
  • The fascinating connection between addiction and learning - new insights which are transforming treatment
  • The social factors that are increasing the likelihood of addictive behaviour
  • Course notes
  • CPD certificate, that also counts towards the Human Givens Diploma
  • and much more...

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Course content

  • Why addictive behaviour and substance abuse are on the increase
  • The facts about the rise in addictive behaviours including: cocaine, heroin, alcohol, cigarettes, eating disorders, shopping, gambling etc.
  • Changes in society that feed the rate of increase in addictive behaviours
  • Why the human givens approach gives us a more comprehensive model for understanding various aspects of addictive behaviour
  • Why young people take drugs
  • The best predictors of drug abuse
  • Ten warning signs that children are abusing drugs
  • The disease model versus the social learning model of addictive behaviour.
  • The most effective strategies for tackling addiction
  • The good news about addictive behaviour – why many addicts can, and do, recover quickly.
  • Typical addictive beliefs and how to change them.
  • The importance of motivational interviewing and how to do it.
  • The addictive trance model and how to separate a person's core identity from the addictive state.
  • How to combat abstinence anxiety.
  • How to prevent relapses
  • How to use our natural human abilities and the power of imagination to break free from addictive states.
  • Dealing with withdrawal symptoms.
  • How to make a difference straight away.
  • Specific focus on the addictive elements within eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating) and how to effectively combat them.
  • The five most effective techniques for changing all types of addictive behaviours
  • Pulling what you have learned together
  • And more...

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Is this course for me?

  • Anyone wishing to better understand the process of addiction ‒ and why we are so prone to addictive behaviour ‒ no jargon is used
  • Anyone wanting to find out why withdrawal can be so painful, how to minimise its symptoms ‒ and how to prevent relapses
  • All members of the caring and welfare professions including: drug workers, youth workers, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, cognitive behavioural therapists, teachers, social workers, support workers
  • If you want to know about more effective ways to treat addictive behaviour ‒ whether for professional or personal reasons ‒ this course is for you.

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Course format

  •  24 Videos 
  •  40 Quizzes 
  •  3 Texts 
  •  PDF Notes 
  •  6 hrs 

'Tackling Addiction' is based on our one-day seminar of the same name. This online version is split into 4 modules, each of which are broken down further into different sections containing filmed lectures given in English by the tutor, Joe Griffin.

Each film clip is followed by a short series of multiple choice questions. These are designed to help you think about and absorb the course content and to check that you have understood the main points of that section before proceeding to the next.

There are also course notes for you to download, plus additional reading information and helpful links.

You can take as long as you like to work your way through the course and can view it as many times as you like.

Once you have completed the course, you will receive a CPD certificate, which counts towards the Human Givens Diploma.

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Diploma-linked Certificate

When you successfully complete the course, you will be awarded a CPD Certificate by HG College and The Human Givens Institute (equivalent to 6 hours of continuing professional development).

'Tackling Addiction' is also a required module of Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma, so by successfully completing this online course you will also have completed a part of this highly respected qualification.

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Student feedback

“The course couldn't have been improved. Full of practical advice and new information, very helpful and well presented.”

Substance Misuse Worker

“It's been a great realisation for me that understanding how addictive behaviour works is the key to helping to stop it.”

Mental Health Charity Director

“The expectation theory was very useful as it clarified the process of craving and the reason why addictive behaviour persists. I will find this very useful in understanding the experience of addicts and working with them in the future.”


“Very powerful presentation which gave added insight to personal and professional experience. Wealth of shared experiences recounted with compassion, empathy and humour.”

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“Pure, distilled wisdom.”


“Up-to-date research and practical examples, not just theory. Lots of ideas for how to work with clients and I felt the ideas/examples are easily expandable to work with clients with all sorts of behavioural addictions.”


“I found the explanation of the addictive trance and how to speak to addictive people really useful as well as the common mistakes to avoid – and learning the principles of motivational interviewing was helpful – in fact it was all incredibly helpful.”

Art Director

“I have worked as a 12-step counsellor for over 9 years but still learned a great deal today.”


“Absolutely enlightening! Excellent presentation, content and delivery. Most probably the No. 1 approach that I'll be utilizing for my therapy toolbox. Highly recommended for therapists working in the addiction field.”


“Thank you, a truly inspirational day. I trained in the disease model of addiction and used to run a treatment centre that operated under that philosophy. I came to find addiction very wearing and left after 5 years. This new approach lifts a weight from me – I think I will be able to retrieve my patience and interest in addicts.”


“A pleasure to listen to – most interesting and helpful.”

Health Visitor

“Highly informative. Why people get addicted never really made sense before, but this makes it so clear.”

Care Manager

“Fascinating. I have always thought the subject to be very complicated, but the day provided a common-sense approach and clarified many aspects for me about what addiction is really about.”

Sales Manger / Engineer

“An excellent, enlightening day – with great use of case histories to illustrate the points.”

General Practitioner

“Ideas I can use tomorrow in my practice that are profound but simple and backed up with excellent notes/reading suggestions.”


“All makes complete sense – logical and achievable steps.”


“Hard to improve on – the way Joe speaks from his own experience makes the information easy to absorb – fascinating. Really great training.”

Service Manager in a charity

“Tremendously useful. Thank you.”

Support Worker

“The day was extremely informative. Everyday examples were given which aided learning. Jargon was not used – which was great!”

Social Worker

“Truly enlightened! I will use all the information personally to feel happier in my own life, and make the changes I need. It will also be invaluable to my work with vulnerable families. For the last 10 years I have read everything off the bookshelves re self-help, and popular psychology. The Human Givens Approach has made the biggest impact on me and the way I work.”

RGN/Schools/Pastoral/Family Liaison

“Very good, worthwhile course. Should be compulsory NHS training.”

Senior Nursing Staff

“Yet another great HG course! Joe's insights into the process of addiction were revelatory and the practical ways to work with addicts will be incredibly helpful for the work I do.”


“The most useful course I've attended on addiction in over 10 years of working with people with addictions.”

Youth and Community Worker

“Excellent course. Interesting and clearly focused on ways to help clients to learn new ways of being.”

Addictions Counsellor

“Very professionally delivered and very practical.”


“Another highly informative, entertaining and enjoyable day with strategies I can put into practice straight away.”


“Today has been life-changing! Both personally and for my work.”

Senior Co-ordinator, Home Start

“The content of the seminar was excellent – helped me to look at addiction and its recovery from a totally different angle.”

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Co-Founder Joe Griffin

Joe Griffin B.SC.Hons (Psych), M.PHIL. (Psych), AFBPsS, FHGI is a psychologist with many years' experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists - over the last 20 years thousands of health professionals have enjoyed his practical workshops and seminars on effective psychotherapy for treating anxiety related disorders, depression, trauma and addiction.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. Course Notes - download here

    1. 1. Introduction to addiction, including statistics

    2. – multiple choice questions 1

    3. – multiple choice questions 2

    4. – multiple choice questions 3

    5. 2. Why do young people take recreational drugs?

    6. – multiple choice questions 1

    7. – multiple choice questions 2

    8. 3. How addictions hijack a natural brain mechanism

    9. – multiple choice questions

    10. 4. Can drugs be used to cure addiction?

    11. – multiple choice questions 1

    12. – multiple choice questions 2

    13. 5. The human givens

    14. – multiple choice questions

    15. 6. Our innate resources

    16. – multiple choice questions

    1. 7. An introduction to the brain

    2. – multiple choice questions

    3. 8. Some key facts about alcohol

    4. – multiple choice questions

    5. 9. Project MATCH – the background

    6. – multiple choice questions

    7. 10. Project MATCH – the results

    8. – multiple choice questions

    9. 11. The two dominant models of addiction

    10. – multiple choice questions

    11. 12. Socially controlled usage

    12. – multiple choice questions

    13. 13. The HG model of addiction

    14. – multiple choice questions

    15. 14. Addiction’s biggest secret

    16. – multiple choice questions

    17. 15. The stages of quitting

    18. – multiple choice questions 1

    19. – multiple choice questions 2

    20. – multiple choice questions 3

    21. – multiple choice questions 4

    1. 16. Principles of motivational interviewing

    2. – multiple choice questions 1

    3. – multiple choice questions 2

    4. – multiple choice questions 3

    5. 17. Relapse – prevention and management

    6. – multiple choice questions

    7. 18. The expectation, reward and addiction circuit in the brain

    8. – multiple choice questions 1

    9. – multiple choice questions 2

    10. – multiple choice questions 3

    11. 19. Euphoric recall and withdrawal

    12. – multiple choice questions

    13. 20. Dealing with relapses

    14. – multiple choice questions 1

    15. – multiple choice questions 2

    1. 21. The treatment plan

    2. – multiple choice questions 1

    3. – multiple choice questions 2

    4. – multiple choice questions 3

    5. 22. Eating disorders: anorexia nervosa

    6. – multiple choice questions

    7. 23. Molar memories

    8. – multiple choice questions 1

    9. – multiple choice questions 2

    10. Further information

    11. 24. Bulimia Nervosa

    12. – multiple choice questions 1

    13. – multiple choice questions 2

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