PK304: Substance misuse and addictions

How can we better understand substance misuse and addiction, and better help those affected?
  • Study the latest science in alcohol and drug addictions
  • Learn the neuroscience behind drug reward and addiction
  • Understand how best to provide support to those affected by addiction

Approx. 15 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

5 modules for just


Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest science in mental health and help affect positive outcomes for your patients or clients with mild to moderate mental health challenges.

This mental health course will give you solid knowledge of the neuroscience behind drug reward and addiction, and how to provide support, including:

  • The neuroscience of addiction
  • The DSM-5 and the disease model of addiction
  • Addiction vs dependency
  • Modern theories of addiction
  • Alcohol addiction and the long term impact
  • Substitution therapy
  • Alcohol addiction medication

Study online, at home, any time.

All our courses are accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, all from the comfort of your own home.

Be free to learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own space.

World Class Instructors


Lisa Burch

Lisa Burch

Alcohol addiction specialist & Registered Nurse

Lisa is a PREKURE Certified Health Coach, who specialises in addictive behaviours especially as related to alcohol.

Dr Catherine Crofts

Dr Catherine Crofts


Catherine has a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease, and is experienced in the deprescribing of medications.

Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Public Health

Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT University and men’s mental health advisor for Movember.

Hear what our students are saying

Why are PREKURE the leaders in preventative lifestyle medicine and mental health science?


  • PREKURE courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics.
  • PREKURE courses contain the latest evidence-informed knowledge and tools in lifestyle medicine.
  • PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.


What if I don’t like what I buy?

You’re protected by PREKURE’s unconditional, 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee. We want you to have peace of mind when you buy any of our programs, so we give you up to 30 risk-free days from the date you purchase to decide if it’s for you.

If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.

Course Content

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Module 1: What Is Substance Misuse And Addiction?

In this module you will learn about the basics of addiction. Join PREKURE certified health coach and registered nurse, Lisa Burch, as she delves into addiction. Learn what addiction is, and how it’s diagnosed as well as form an understanding of how our conceptualisation and knowledge of addiction has changed in recent years.

Module 2: Why Do We Get Addicted?

In this module, you will learn about the difference between addiction and dependency, the emerging concept of behavioural addiction and form an understanding of factors that can contribute to addiction. Delve into the science of genetics and epigenetics and the profound impact that trauma and adverse childhood experiences can have on the risk of addiction.

Module 3: Alcohol Addiction

In this module, you will learn about alcohol addiction, explore the impact of society on the development of alcohol misuse and addiction, the biology of how alcohol affects the body and brain, the long-term health impacts of drinking and consequences for sleep.

Module 4: Recovery And Growth Through Addiction Part 1

In this module, you will hear about Lisa’s life experience with addiction, be introduced to some of the key tools used in recovery (like substitution therapies and medications for alcohol) by Dr Catherine Crofts, and learn about some Stoic tools that can be used to assist clients as they overcome addiction from Paul Taylor.

Module 5: Recovery And Growth Through Addiction Part 2

In this module you will learn about practical tools you can use in your conversations with clients when exploring addictive behaviors. Follow along as Prof Grant Schofield and Lisa Burch discuss the brain and body budget, how ACT tools can be used for addiction, and the Health Coach approach to addiction.

Approx. 15 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

5 modules for just


Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the course start and finish?

This course is available for you to start immediately as soon as you enrol with online, 24/7 access. You then have 12 months to complete your short course.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. You can do this course in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access. The course can easily be completed within four weeks by committing to approximately five hours of work per week. You do however have up to 12 months to complete your course.

Do I receive any certification for completing the course?

You will receive a PREKURE Certificate of Completion for this course.

What happens after I finish the course?

If you would like to continue learning, choose another Short Course or cross-credit into one of our Certificates.

Do I need any background or previous learning in the health field?

No. This course is perfect if you want to upskill for your own benefit. You will learn many tips and tricks that will help you and your loved ones. To date, we have had GPs, nurses, full-time mums, gardeners, IT specialists, and more enrolling on this course.

I am a nurse, physio or pharmacist. Does this course counts towards my CPD credits?

Yes, it counts as 20 hours.

How do I know this course is credible and contains correct information?

The course is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified, world-class teaching Faculty with extensive real-world experience. One of our past students says, “By aligning with a professional group like PREKURE, I can reassure my clients that I am using the latest, evidence-based tools and techniques to support them.”

Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?

Our courses have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

Do I get lifetime access to this course?

No. All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol. Each module does however come with notes that you can download.

If you’re completing this Short Course as part of a Certificate you can retain access to your course content by joining the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE Certificate graduates. This includes access to updated content, resources and references as we continue to develop and re-release courses.

Join the course
and upskill in the latest science

PREKURE provides training in the theory and practice of lifestyle medicine for mild to medium mental health challenges. We cannot provide personalised medical advice. If you or your loved ones require personal medical advice, or suffer from moderate to severe mental ill-health, then we recommend you consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).

Need help now?

  • In New Zealand: If life is in danger, call 111 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor or access other Helplines and Support here
  • In Australia: If life is in danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or call 13 11 14 (Lifeline), 1300 22 4636 (Beyond Blue), or call 1300 659 467 (Suicide Call Back Service).