Treatment and Recovery of Addictions – PSYC 307

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/10/2022

Course Description

This course examines addiction recovery process theory and treatment modes. Students will understand the theoretical basis for treatment by critically assessing treatment outcome research from various approaches and formalize a practical recovery approach plan. Students will explore treatment approaches, gain a working understanding of addictions and begin to develop a practical approach to recovery. The dynamics of addiction recovery will be examined as students consider recovery obstacles for substance and sexual addiction subsets.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is designed to equip students with the theoretical basis of treatment and the ability to begin to develop a recovery plan for individuals with substance-related problems. In addition, students will examine sexual addiction and a recovery plan for this addiction. This course will also help them identify some of the obstacles involved in the treatment and recovery of addictions, including comorbidity and potential resistance to the treatment protocol.

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.
  7. Develop a Biblical concept of recovery.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, audio/visual lecture presentations, websites, and online articles

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

In Modules: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8, the student will post in the Discussions area. They will submit an original thread in answer to Discussion questions and reply to 2 classmates’ threads. The student’s original thread must be between 250 and 400 words; the 2 replies must be between 100 and 300 words each. The student must use his or her readings to support what they post in their original thread. The student should not post opinions, but educated answers to the questions that are based on the readings.

Replies of 100 to 300 words each to 2 other students should be used to enhance an educated discussion on the concepts addressed in the questions. The student should think of this as a classroom discussion addressing a very important issue. Students should use knowledge from the readings and videos to strengthen, support, and challenge each other in their thinking. Adhering to APA formatting guidelines for in-text citations and references is required. (CLO A, B, C, D, E, F, and G)

Critical Book Review Assignment

The student will submit a 3–4-page critical book review over the Laaser text. Three specific sections, (1) Summary; (2) Analysis; and (3) Conclusion, will be required. Adhering to APA formatting guidelines for in-text citations and references is required. The student should see the instructions and grading rubric in the course for specific expectations for this assignment. (CLO A, B, C, D and G).

Treatment and Recovery Project Assignment

The student will submit an 6–8-page treatment and recovery paper. This paper will include an overview of an addiction and a recovery plan. Adhering to APA formatting guidelines for in-text citations and references is required. The student should see the instructions and grading rubric located within the course for specific expectations for this assignment.  (CLO A, B, C, D, F, and G)

Quizzes (3)

The student will take 3 open-note/open-book, multiple-choice and true/false tests over the week's reading material. These tests consist of 40 questions, and the student will have 60 minutes to complete each test. Once the test is opened, it must be completed; it cannot be saved and resumed at a later time. (CLO A, B, C, D, E, F, and G)