Managing Addiction: A Framework for Successful Treatment

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Addiction is such a common problem today that people experiencing alcohol, nicotine or other drug problems present in many different healthcare settings. The challenge of linking people experiencing addiction to the right response is a serious one, and much depends on understanding addiction and recognising the role that we all play in the pathway to recovery.

This course is intended to help you meet this challenge by increasing your understanding of the biology of addiction and the available treatment options in the different stages of the recovery journey.

Key questions we will look at in this course include:

  • When do we call “excessive use” addiction?
  • Why is it so difficult to change addictive behaviour?
  • Who can play a role to get people on the track to recovery?
  • How do you respond to people with mild to moderate problems?
  • How can you assess and increase motivation to change?
  • What sort of interventions can support a person experiencing severe addiction?
  • What is my role as a professional, either within or outside of addiction care?
  • How can I identify the best of the many options available?
  • What are hurdles to get the right support to manage addiction around the world?

This course explores the “Recovery Pathway,” an easy-to-use framework for helping people with addiction move successfully from addiction to recovery. It helps plan a pathway through screening and assessment, to withdrawal and long-term relapse prevention. The course will examine a range of psychosocial interventions and medication-assisted treatments. You will review the biological basis of behaviour and treatment related to the stage of recovery, as well as evidence-based and service delivery considerations. This course is an ideal starting-point for healthcare professionals who want to get to grips with effective approaches to treating addiction.

If this MOOC topic is of interest to you, there are a number of University of Adelaide programs which may be of interest. You can find these listed here. Please note that MOOCs are intended to give a taster to University of Adelaide study but do not amount to credit into University courses


Andrea Gordon
Andrea Gordon

Dr Andrea Gordon is a Pharmacologist specialising in the pharmacology of substance use and abuse. Her research interests lie specifically in the area of substance use and pregnancy and improving outcomes for women and their families. Dr Gordon has worked in both the University and Government sector to improve health outcomes over a wide variety of areas. She is a Senior Lecturer and the Program Director of Addiction Studies in the Discipline of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. This Program Director role involves teaching and course coordinating into the International Program of Addiction Studies in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University and Kings College London. This program encompasses the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters in International Addiction Studies.

Dr Gordon is also the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Adelaide. Dr Gordon has extensive teaching experience in large university courses held online and in person across Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery and Pharmacology Programs at all undergraduate and post graduate levels. Dr Gordon is also an experienced PhD student supervisor with eight student completions supervising across a variety of research topics from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cancer, breast feeding, child protection, rare diseases and venous access.

​Femke Buisman-Pijlman
​Femke Buisman-Pijlman

Associate Professor Femke Buisman-Pijlman is a leader in Addiction Studies, online and professional education. She is an award-winning educator and researcher. Femke’s courses meet the needs of the audience, pitching the level so that everyone leaves the course with an improved understanding of the topic and enthusiasm for the beauty of science, and of the human body and mind.

Femke lead the development of the Managing Addiction and Essential Human Biology courses while working at the Discipline of Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

She currently leads development of professional education courses for the health sector as Academic Program Director (Health) at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Professional and Continued Education for a range of platforms.

Linda Gowing
Linda Gowing

Associate Professor Linda Gowing retired in November 2020 after more than 20 years working in the field of drug and alcohol, with expertise in best practice in the treatment of drug and alcohol problems. At the time the course material was developed, she was a Principal Research Officer at Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA), and an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide. DASSA is the government provider of specialist treatment services for people with drug and alcohol problems in South Australia. Linda’s work at DASSA enabled her to bring to the course an awareness of the practicalities of providing treatment to people with alcohol and other drug problems, as well as the more academic knowledge of research evidence. Linda also had experience in health care policy having worked for the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health, including two years in charge of the section on illicit drug policy.

Linda’s research interests related to critical appraisal of research evidence on the treatment of addiction and translation of evidence into practice. She was affiliated with the Cochrane Collaboration, which produces The Cochrane Library, a collection of up-to-date systematic reviews on healthcare. Linda was a member of the editorial board for the Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group, an author of multiple Cochrane reviews on different aspects of addiction treatment, and was a mentor for researchers in Thailand, China, USA and Australia, undertaking systematic reviews. Linda also had experience in the preparation of evidence-based guidelines and was involved in teaching medical and science students on the treatment of alcohol and other drug users, evidence-based practice and critical appraisal of research.

Robert Ali
Robert Ali

Associate Professor Robert Ali is a public health physician and specialist in addiction medicine who is passionate about training professionals in the field from around the world. He is the Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research into the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems at the University of Adelaide and has recently retired from his position as the Director of Community Based Treatments at the Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia.

Robert is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, member of the Cochrane Alcohol and Drug Group editorial board and the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems. Robert is also active in teaching undergraduate medical students and online training.

Robert has chaired several reviews of the national methadone and/or buprenorphine policies. He was the lead researcher in South Australia for the National Evaluation of Pharmacotherapies for Opioid Dependence.

Abdallah Salem
Abdallah Salem
Dr Abdallah Salem is an expert in the effects of drugs of abuse. He is the Head of the Discipline of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide. He teaches pharmacology to all levels of students and across different programs. His teaching and research interests are focused on understanding the central mechanisms underlying the acute and chronic effects of drugs of abuse and dependence. Abdallah is a recipient of a number of learning and teaching grants and he assessed functionalities of various eLearning tools for lecture and other course content delivery.