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 is $175.00 Participants will earn 13 Continuing Education credit hours upon successful completion. 


  1. Register for the course. Upon payment, you are automatically enrolled in the course.
  2. Gorski-CENAPS will mail you a copy of the course text. If you prefer an electronic copy, the text can be purchased here: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/depression-and-relapse
  3. Read course text thoroughly.
  4. Complete the Continuing Education Test by answering the questions included at the end of the course.
  5. 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this homestudy course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify substance induced depression, situation depression in sobriety, or co-occurring depressive illness.

  • Explain risk and protective factors associated with depression and addiction.

  • Explain the biopsychosocial model of depression and the self reinforcement cycle of depression and substance abuse.

  • Utilize assessment tools and presenting problem analysis.

  • Review treatment options, including, psychotherapy, medication management, cognitive therapy, and patient education

  • 6. Teach clients effective management strategies to manage depression and avoid relapse.

  • Develop a recovery plan for depression and relapse, including the importance of family and social support networks

Course Description

Depression is a significant complicating factor in recovery from substance use disorders. Nearly all substance abusers show significant depression in the first several weeks of recovery. In most cases, the depression quickly subsides. Others, however, suffer from serious bouts of depression throughout their recovery.

Fortunately, the recovery plans for addiction and depression are closely related. Many of the things that help people stay comfortably sober also help them manage their depression. This means that a recovery plan that meets the needs of both addiction and depression can be developed. If a person is already in recovery from addiction, this is good news. They already know and have practiced many of the recovery skills needed to manage depression. All they need to do is learn the few additional techniques that are outlined in this home study course.

Bibliography: This course was developed by Terence T. Gorski and based on the publication Depression and Relapse-A Guide to Recovery written by Terence. T. Gorski.

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All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this course and materials may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the CENAPS Corporation.

Course curriculum

    1. Instructions

    2. Course Completion Test

    3. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • $175.00
  • 13 CE Credit Hours
  • Printed text or ebook 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.