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 $24.00 Participants will earn 1 Continuing Education credit hour 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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define and understand the term addictive disease.

  • Explain the addiction cycle.

  • Understand the addictive social system.

  • Discuss the relationship between addictive chemicals and compulsive behavior.

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

Course Description

Understanding the nature and characteristics of addictive disease can help addicted people avoid relapse. Many people fail to recover not for lack of trying but because of their limited understanding. Knowledge about the way addiction affects their physical bodies, behavior, and thought processes can provide a valuable tool for recovering people.

Addiction begins when a person predisposed to chemical dependency begins using mood-altering chemicals. The chemicals provide a unique state of well-being called euphoria, which allows a person to feel better without having to think better or act better. Chemical use, whether it is alcohol or other drugs, allows the chemically dependant person to bypass the normal steps of emotional growth.

Bibliography: This course was developed by Terence T. Gorski and based on the publication Understanding Addictive Disease-A Tool for Preventing Relapse written by Terence. T. Gorski and Merlene Miller.

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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. Introduction

    2. Addictive Chemicals

    3. Compulsive Behaviors

    4. A Bio-Psycho-Social Disorder

    5. The Addiction Cycle

    6. The Addictive Belief System

    7. The Addictive Social System

    8. References and Bibliography

    9. A Checklist of Warning Signs for Substitute Addictions

    1. Course Completion Test

    2. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • $18.00
  • 1 CE Credit Hour
  • 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.