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Understanding the Addictive Process (3 hours)

Understanding the Addictive Process (3 hours)


This 3 hour course by Craig Nakken demonstrates the development and defines the concept of addiction. The course provides you with updated information about new research findings that relate to the various drugs of abuse as well as new trends and new drugs being abused. It will also examine addiction as a process, its three stages, and the role of society and the family.

**Please Note: This course is updated every 6 moths to insure that the most current research information and findings are made available to the field.**


By participating in this Distance Learning Course the trainee will:

  • Examine the addictive process.
  • Learn about addiction as a pathological relationship.
  • Explore the four natural forms of relationships.
  • Identify the roots and development of the addictive personality.
  • Trace the path taken when the addictive personality is established and the implications for recovery.

Craig M. Nakken, MSW, CCDP, LCSW, LMFT, is an author, lecturer, trainer, and family therapist specializing in the treatment of addiction. With over twenty years of working experience in the areas of addiction and recovery, Craig brings his valuable knowledge and insight to you in this Distance Learning Package. He presently is in private therapy practice in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Internet Format - Coursework that is available immediately via a downloadable PDF file (a popular online format that requires you to have the Adobe Reader program, or one similar, installed on your computer). Many websites already use this very user friendly file format, so chances are you already have a PDF reader installed on your computer. This format allows faster downloading, easier reading, and easier printing. All course materials will be included, as will the link to the post-test required for course completion. Access and downloading information will be immediately sent to the email address you provide at checkout. There is no additional charge for this format.

USB Flash Drive Format - Different computers, processors, ISP's, and software make it sometimes difficult or time-consuming to capture materials provided via the Internet. As a result, we've added the Flash Drive format to our list of options. With this format we will send you a Flash Drive by Priority Mail that can be used on any computer, laptop, tablet with a USB port. The drive will include a PDF copy of the course or courses ordered along with the test link needed to complete your course using our online test system. This option will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

Hard Copy Format - Coursework that is delivered to you by Priority Mail in book form. All course materials will be included, as will the post-test required for course completion. For immediate results and faster certificate processing an email containing instructions on how to access your post-test online will be sent to the email address provided at checkout. Should you not want to submit the test yourself, a mail/fax form is also included that will allow you to mail or fax your test responses to us for processing. Hard copy courses will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

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