Addiction & Recovery 101



Welcome to Addiction & Recovery 101, Units 1-3!

Addiction is now the number one public health issue in the United States. Addiction can tear apart individuals and families and destroy lives. As Christians, God wants us to be His instruments of healing and restoration for those caught in the chains of addiction. The good news is that with today’s incredible medical and scientific advances that have refined the way we understand addictions, and with the application of spiritual transformation and renewal, we can offer real hope. This comprehensive course includes five units, each containing 6 lessons, complete with worktext and exams.

Continuing Education
This course includes 18 Continuing Education (CE) credits approved for counselors, life coaches, and crisis responders who are credentialed through the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) or one of its affiliate boards: the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counseling (BCPPC); the Board of Christian Life Coaching (BCLC); the Board of Mental Health Coaching (BMHC) and the Board of Christian Crisis and Trauma Response (BCCTR). 

Course Lessons and Descriptions

Unit 1: Addiction and Addicts: Foundational Principles

ADAR 101 Addictions and Recovery: An Introduction
Tim Clinton, Ed.D.
Dr. Tim Clinton describes the epidemic of bondage regarding the issues of addiction, what puts people in bondage, and what keeps them from enjoying the freedom God wants them to have in this life. He also discusses how the brain is impacted in that journey because of an addiction, and why people have such a difficult time breaking free. This includes the addiction pattern, the pathway to change, barriers to change, and a message of hope that can be found despite troubling circumstances.

ADAR 102 Theology and Addiction
Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min.
Dr. Ron Hawkins outlines a biblical theology of addiction and recovery. Every person in the background of their minds/spirits has memories of the way they were, and God has placed eternity in the heart of man. However, the beauty that God created has been defaced and vandalized, and people do wrestle with pain. Dr. Hawkins will discuss the transition from beautiful to vandalized, the problem of pain, and the way to achieve freedom and recovery from addictions.

ADAR 103 Models of Addiction
David Jenkins, Psy.D.
Addiction is a very complex area of study – psychologists and doctors have been trying to
conceptualize, treat, and make sense of this destructive cycle for years. Dr. David Jenkins
identifies ways in which people have tried to understand addiction. Students will be able to
develop systematic ways of looking at addiction in order to point the way towards more
effective treatment.

ADAR 104 The Neurobiology of Addiction
Mark Lasser, Ph.D. and Todd Clements, M.D.
Dr. Laaser and Dr. Clements teach students the importance of understanding how the brain
works regarding the problem of addiction. They discuss SPECT imaging, the chemical side of
addiction, and how various medications can help. They give a message of hope to those
struggling with addiction, as well as helpers who are working with addicts.

ADAR 105 The Addictive Cycle
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Scalise provides a thorough survey of addiction and related factors culminating in the
explanation of the addictive cycle. He discusses terminology as well as the numerous factors
which lead to addictive behavior. Dr. Scalise also expounds on the unmet needs that result in
addictive behavior and the categories of addiction and drug abuse. The addiction cycle is
developed to aid counselors in understanding the addictive process as it occurs at various
stages within the mind of addicts.

ADAR 106 Trauma and Addiction
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.; Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.; and Daniel Amen, M.D.
Jennifer Cisney, Dr. Sibcy, and Dr. Amen discuss the impact of trauma and traumatic stress on
brain function, memory and emotional regulation. This includes addictive tendencies and
behaviors. The links between the brain, trauma, and addictions are explored. The panel focuses
on the need for thorough triage and assessment along with effective counseling interventions.

Unit 2: Chemical Dependency and Addiction

ADAR 201 Biological Aspects of Chemical Dependency and Addiction
Michael Lyles, M.D.
Dr. Michael Lyles describes the neurological factors and processes that occur in the brain during
addiction and chemical dependency. He describes the complications of substance abuse and
the protective variables that deter drug use and eventual addiction. Dr. Lyles also provides
extensive attention to the actual biological and physiological responses to various substances.

ADAR 202 Depressants
Michael Lyles, M.D.
Dr. Michael Lyles presents a comprehensive overview of the major depressants counselors may
encounter when working with individuals struggling with addiction. Dr. Lyles provides an
extensive survey for introducing the caregiver to general information and treatment
recommendations for clients dealing with marijuana, alcohol, opiates, and barbiturates.

ADAR 203 Perscription Drug Abuse
Michael Lyles, M.D.
Dr. Michael Lyles provides students with a survey of prescription drug abuse in the United
States. He cites these highly addictive substances as one of the top threats in terms of addiction
due to the accessibility in communities. Dr. Lyles also presents the various types of prescription
drugs utilized in abuse including narcotic pain medications, amphetamines and
psychostimulants, and tranquilizers.

ADAR 204 Stimulants
Michael Lyles, M.D.
Dr. Michael Lyles presents a comprehensive overview of the major stimulants counselors may
encounter when working with individuals struggling with addiction. He also provides an
extensive survey for introducing the caregiver to general information and treatment
recommendations for clients dealing with cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine, and

ADAR 205 Hallucinogenics
Todd Clements, M.D.
Dr. Todd Clements provides students with a thorough introduction to substance abuse through
hallucinogenic drugs. He elaborates on the forms, reactions, and dangers of LSD, ecstasy,
ketamine, and PCP in a survey of the primary hallucinogenic drugs abused in the United States.
Dr. Clements concludes with a discussion of the addictive nature of the hallucinogenic
substances of abuse.

ADAR 206 Inhalants
Todd Clements, M.D.
Dr. Todd Clements provides a thorough introduction to substance abuse through inhalant
drugs. He elaborates on the forms, reactions, and dangers of the common everyday items often
used in inhalant abuse including spray paint, markers, and gasoline in a survey of the primary
abused inhalants in the United States. Dr. Clements concludes with a discussion of the dangers
and treatment of inhalant substances of abuse.

Unit 3: Behavioral and Process Addictions

ADAR 301 Sexual Addiction
Mark Laaser, Ph.D.
Sexual addiction is a complex problem. Dr. Mark Laaser discusses the problems in the church,
the characteristics of sex addicts, as well as addresses the neurochemistry of the brain that sex
addicts experience. He also describes the sexual health model, as well as the stages of
addiction. Dr. Laaser integrates biblical principles while explaining the key concepts of sexual

ADAR 302 Eating Disorders and Food Addiction
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Eating disorders are often discussed within the mental health community regarding the
addictive and impulsive nature of its various conditions. Dr. Linda Mintle presents compelling
biological and statistical evidence to define eating disorders as addictions. She presents the four
types of eating disorders in addition to various treatment methodologies.

ADAR 303 Gambling Addiction
Greg Jantz, Ph.D.
The face of gambling is changing and it can destroy individuals and families. Dr. Gregory Jantz
addresses the issue of gambling, the forms of gambling, how to know if someone has a
problem, the gambling addiction continuum, and how to overcome and treat gambling

ADAR 304 Adrenaline Addiction
Arch Hart, Ph.D.
Dr. Archibald Hart discusses the issue of adrenaline addiction, and he reveals the heart of the
matter behind this particular phenomenon. He explains the basic physiology of adrenal glands,
the reasons for adrenaline addiction, and the effects and causes, as well as providing hope and
practical suggestions for overcoming adrenaline addiction.

ADAR 305 Spiritual Addiction/Abuse
Ken Nichols, Psy.D.
There are significant differences between toxic religious behavior and trusted relationships. Dr.
Kenneth Nichols describes religious addiction and its underlying contributors. After reviewing
specific examples and illustrations, Dr. Nichols discusses true faith, spiritual warfare, and how a
person can be set free from toxic addiction.

ADAR 306 Performance Addictions: The Search for Significance
Eric Scalise, Ph.D. and Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
In this lesson, students will learn about performance addiction – specifically, how it affects
people, how it manifests itself, and how it is directly related with one’s core beliefs. Dr. Eric
Scalise and Jennifer Cisney give detailed examples about the root problems and describe both
the reality of performance addiction and how people can experience breakthroughs in their

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