Treatment and the Recovery Process – SUBS 607

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course includes a thorough examination of the treatment models of addiction, recovery, and relapse. Students will explore the treatment outcome research, begin treatment planning, and gain a working understanding of the culture of addiction and recovery. This is in essence an experiential class, with a combination of reading, exercises, and hands on experience in the recovery area.


SUBS 505


This course is designed to equip the student with the theoretical basis of treatment and the ability to clinically assess and design a treatment plan for individuals with substance-related problems. In addition, the student will be exposed to the most common approach to treatment of addictions: a 12-step meeting. By attending AA/NA/12-step meetings, the student will begin to gain a working knowledge of the dynamics of the recovery culture and be able to assess the dynamics that work and do not work.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Appraise the different theoretical concepts of treatment.
  2. Evaluate current theories and terminology associated with treatment.
  3. Appraise the treatment outcome research.
  4. Analyze clinical features of relapse.
  5. Contrast the difference between the different treatment approaches.
  6. Identify features of relapse risks.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the Discussion Board Forums give the student an opportunity to show his/her ability to analyze and critically think through what he/she has observed in his/her AA meetings and how it relates to the readings. Threads must contain at least 600 words, and replies must contain at least 200 words. Each thread and reply must contain at least 1 textbook citation and follow current APA format. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F)

AA Meetings

The student will be required to attend 6 consecutive AA meetings.

Screening/Assessment Essay

There will be a Screening/Assessment Essay due during Module/Week 3. This essay must be 2 pages and follow current APA format, including a title page, a reference page, and proper margins, spacing, and citations. (MLO: A, B, C, E)

Treatment Plan

The student will be required to read the case history on Sally Smith, complete a diagnosis, write a summary, and develop a treatment plan. He/she will make sure to include pertinent information used to develop the treatment plan in the summary and address all diagnostic features in the treatment plan. The student will also make sure to attend to potential relapse issues. This assignment must follow current APA format and is due during Module/Week 5. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Final Assessment Project

A thorough assessment will be due at the end of Module/Week 7. This assessment will be completed on a character/person the student read about, watched a movie on, or interviewed. He/she will write up the case history and then design a personalized treatment plan using Perkinson et al. The student will make sure to include any pertinent information in the case history so the treatment plan is clearly justified. The student must also consider relapse issues while designing the treatment plan. This assignment must follow current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Tests (5)

The student will take 5 open-book/open-notes tests. Each test will cover the Reading & Study presentation(s) for the specified module(s)/week(s), contain 10–25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes–1 hour. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)