This Home Study course provides you with a guided set of learning activities that provide high quality content, linked to research and other related academic work, along with access to Gorski-CENAPS Faculty. It affords you the opportunity of completing the course at your own pace. The cost of this course if $49.00. Participants will earn 3 Continuing Education credit hours upon successful completion. 


  1. Register for the course. Upon payment, you are automatically enrolled in the course.
  2. Read course text thoroughly.
  3. Complete the Continuing Education Test by answering the questions included at the end of the course.
  4. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion (emailed and available through your account) with your Continuing Education credits/clock hours.  


If you are a new user your information will be collected at checkout for your account. You will receive a welcome email with the easy steps to get going on your course.  Returning users can log in to their account and select the course.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this CENAPS® Home Study Course participants will be able to:

  • Describe a system that classifies alcohol and other drugs, into four basic drug categories, which is based on the subjective mood-altering drugs effect.

  • Explain the biopsychosocial risk factors for substance abuse and addiction.

  • Explain the difference between the normal brain response and the addictive brain response to a drug.

  • Explain the biopsychosocial symptoms, of both substance abuse and addiction, which can be used to objectively evaluate the alcohol and drug use patterns of the client to confirm or rule out substance abuse or addiction.

Course Description

Substance abuse and addiction result from a complex interaction involving the mind-altering substance used and the individualized biopsychosocial response of the user. This CENAPS Home Study Course presents a model that integrates over forty years of scientific research on addiction into a practical and easy to understand model that can improve assessment, recovery education, and treatment planning.

The biopsychosocial model establishes addiction as a brain disease that causes personality problems and social dysfunction. The Biopsychosocial Model allows us to make a clear and accurate distinction between substance use, abuse, and addiction. It also allows the progressive symptoms of addiction to be readily identified and organized into progressive stages. This information is presented in clear and easy to understand language that avoids technical jargon. As a result, it is ideal for use in recovery education with addicted people and their families.

Upon completing this Home Study Course, participants will have a solid understanding of risk factors, the biopsychosocial symptoms of both substance abuse and addiction, and will be able to describe the progressive stages of addiction and the biopsychosocial symptoms in each stage.

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Course curriculum

    1. Description, Objectives, Instructions

    1. Text Sections

    2. The Importance of Self-Application

    3. The Story of Al the Diabetic

    1. Instant Gratification

    2. Definition of Mind-altering Substances

    3. Types of Mind-altering Substances

    4. Biological Individuality

    5. Why People Start Using Alcohol & Other Drugs

    6. What Do People Want From Using Alcohol & Other Drugs

    7. Responses of the Brain – Normal and Addictive

    8. Important Points to Remember

    1. High-risk People

    2. Levels of Addictive Risk Factors

    3. Addictive Risk Factors and the Cycle of Addiction

    4. Biological Risk Factors

    5. Psychological Risk Factors

    6. Social Risk Factors

    7. Important Points to Remember

    1. Overview

    2. Social & Recreational Use

    3. Substance Abuse

    4. Addiction Is A Biopsychosocial Disease

    5. Addiction as a Brain Disease

    6. Addictive Brain Responses

    7. Neurotransmitter Imbalances

    8. Substance-induced Brain Dysfunction

    9. The Progression from Abuse to Addiction

    10. The Stages of Addiction

    11. Progressive Symptoms of Addiction

    1. Conclusion

    2. CE Completion Test

    3. Course Evaluation and Feedback

About this course

  • $49.00
  • 3 CE Credit Hours
  • No additional materials needed.

Senior Instructor Roland Williams

Roland Williams, MA, MAC, LAADC, ACRPS, NCACII, CADCII, SAP Gorski-CENAPS President/CEO and Director of Training Roland began with CENAPS in 1990 and is an internationally certified Addictions Counselor. He was personally mentored by Terry Gorski to teach RPT. He has worked world-wide as a counselor, interventionist, lecturer, trainer, teacher, author and consultant specializing in addiction related issues working in substance abuse treatment since 1986. As a consultant he has assisted many treatment centers to develop world class addiction treatment protocols as well as to create clinical treatment models.