Treatment and the Recovery Process – SUBS 607

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 12/12/2022

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.

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


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the Discussions 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. (CLO: A, B, D, E, F)

AA Meeting Assignments

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

Screening and Assessment Essay Assignment

This essay must be two pages and follow current APA format, including a title page, a reference page, and proper margins, spacing, and citations. (CLO: A, B, C, E)

Treatment Plan Assignment

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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Final Assessment Project

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.  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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (5)

The student will take five open-book/open-notes quizzes. Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the specified module, contain 10–25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes–1 hour. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)