Substance Misuse Level 2

Broaden your knowledge of substance related issues, assumptions and stereotypes to better support people with addiction.
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This Level 2 Substance Misuse training course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the effects of substance misuse. You’ll learn about the different types of substances that can be misused, the risks associated with substance misuse and discover how harmful stereotypes perpetuate stigma. You’ll also find out why people abuse drugs and alcohol and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of dependence. Lastly, you’ll learn what resources are available to those affected by substance abuse and the national strategies that have been put in place to help.

There are a huge number of careers available to people who specialise in drug and alcohol misuse, from advocacy and counselling to crisis support and charity work. Whichever area you’re interested in, this distance learning Substance Misuse course will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue further training or to begin applying for jobs. It’s also ideal studied as a precursor to our Drugs and Alcohol Counselling Course.

In this Level 2 Substance Misuse training course, you’ll gain a true understanding of the effects that addiction can have on sufferers’ lives, along with some of the harmful stereotypes that perpetuate stigma. You’ll discover some of the main reasons that people abuse drugs and alcohol, along with the signs and symptoms that a person may display when addiction and dependence take hold. You’ll also uncover the options that are available to people in these circumstances, and the national strategies that have been put in place to help.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Understand Substance Use/Misuse

    In the opening unit, you’ll take a look at the size and scope of drug misuse in the UK. You’ll understand some of the reasons people use drugs, how to categorise different types of drugs, and learn what their effects are. You’ll also discover some of the attitudes and values that can impact drug and alcohol abuse, as well as social factors such as environment and upbringing.

  2. Unit 2 - Understand How to Recognise and Respond to Substance Use/Misuse

    To begin unit two, you’ll take a look at the UK’s national response to substance misuse. You’ll also examine some of the possible signs that a person is abusing drugs or alcohol, depending upon the substance they’re using. Finally, you’ll investigate some of the services that have been set up to help those affected by addiction and dependence.

  3. Unit 3 - Understand the Safe, Sensible and Social Use of Alcohol

    In the third unit, you’ll examine some of the issues that can be caused be alcohol abuse, including some key studies. You’ll also take a look at different styles of drinking and their potential to cause harm, and the ways in which most people in the UK consume alcohol. Moving on, you’ll discover what is meant by ‘fake alcohol’, how to recognise it, some of the health effects it can have, as well as become familiar with the government’s National Alcohol Strategy

  4. Unit 4 - Options and Interventions for those Affected by Substance Use/Misuse

    You’ll begin unit four by taking a look at different types of substances and the effects they can have, as well as the problems they can cause. Next, you’ll discover some of the treatments and interventions available, along with the wider benefits of treatment for society at large. Moving on, you’ll discover which groups of people are most at risk from substance misuse related harm, along with how to appropriately respond to substance-related incidents.

  5. Unit 5 - Substance Misuse and Young People

    In the final unit, you’ll examine pervasive attitudes amongst young people towards alcohol, along with the factors that can influence this. You’ll uncover some ways to effectively communicate with young people, and exactly what steps to take if you suspect a young person is struggle with substance abuse. You’ll discover the importance of the screening process when it comes to determining effective treatment, and take a look at some of the relevant safeguarding practices you’ll need to be aware of.

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year.

Course Outcome

On completion of this Substance Misuse Level 2 Course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE Customised Qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. The minimum age of study is 16 years old.

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