This course is a level-5, twelve-credit course that provides pastoral and lay counsellors with an overview of the addictive process. Theories of addiction counselling and the application of these theories from an integrative psychology/theology perspective will be applied to the work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. The Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders as well as co-occurring mental disorders will be addressed. The addiction-treatment industry will be discussed from a socio-cultural, political and phenomenological understanding of addiction. From an integrative bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective, student-counsellors will develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and self-awareness concerning the etiology of addiction, assessment strategies, diagnosis and treatment planning, and wellness strategies for facilitating optimal personal growth and development. Attention will be given to co-dependency, especially as it pertains to adult children and spouses of addicts, and to the awareness of preventing caregiver burn-out.