Addiction Counselling: Islamic Model – Level 1

Addiction Counselling: Islamic Model – Level 1

About The Course

This course aims to develop a foundational understanding of the nature and scope of addiction in contemporary society. It will examine the physical, social, psychological and spiritual harms caused by addiction to pharmacological substances and addictive activities.It will increase your knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic interventions of addictive behaviours from an Islamic perspective.

This foundational online Certificate course is suitable for those in health and social work areas, teachers and those involved in pastoral work.

Course Team

Professor Dr. Shaykh G.Hussein Rassool

(Course Director, H.O.D Psychology)


12 Live Online Sessions

Duration: 4 Months

Saturdays, 4 PM - 5:30 PM (London, UK)

Video Recordings Available


From £24.99/month

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Starts on 21st October 2023

Course Fee:

Registration Deadline:

22nd October 2023

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Course Team

Professor Dr. Shaykh G.Hussein Rassool

(Course Director, H.O.D Psychology)




Introduction to Islamic Addiction Counselling & Nature Of Addiction Attitudes



Historical Perspectives Of Addiction



Addiction From An Islamic Perspective



Theories And Approaches To Addiction



Substance Misuse And Dependence



Non-Pharmacological Addictions I (Cannabis Addiction)



Non-Pharmacological Addictions II (Nicotine & Tobacco Addiction)



Non-Pharmacological Addictions III (Nicotine & Tobacco Addiction)



Gambling Addiction



Co-Addiction, Self-Help And Family Support



Islamic Psychotherapy With Addiction I



Internet & Social Network Addiction

Course Overview

Multiple institutions have been set up to address the need of treating substance misuse either by the NGOs or private bodies. There are various treatment approaches that have been tried and tested, such as modern, traditional, and an Islamic approach. The Islamic approach to addiction counselling combines the spiritual and pharmacological and psychosocial approaches to treat addiction.

This foundational course will introduce the students to the Islamic perspective of Addiction and therapeutic interventions. The unique focus of this study is based on the historical, sociological and cultural perspectives of addictive behaviours.

Though there are severe restrictions on substance use that is part of the Islamic doctrine, the substances that are not viewed as prohibited, may have higher use rates than traditional drugs misuse and alcohol in these populations. This leads to the need for Muslim Psychologists to intervene and deal with these cases with utmost sensitivity.

This course aims to provide students with the fundamental understanding of the nature of addictive behaviours. Students will gain familiarity with the spiritual treatments that will eventually affect physical health positively. It will discuss the basic pharmacological and psychosocial interventions in the management of those with addictive behaviours.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful Completion Of This Course, The Students Will: 

  • Develop a greater sensitivity and acceptance of individuals struggling with addiction problems.
  • Examine the basic nature of addictive behaviours. 
  • Critically examine the historical, sociological and cultural perspectives of addictive behaviours. 
  • Critically evaluate the theories and approaches of addictive behaviours based on existing evidence. 
  • Describe the behavioural addictions such as eating disorders, gambling, sex and health problems.
  • Discuss a framework for assessment, risk assessment and screening. 
  • Identify the pharmacological and psychosocial interventions in the management of those with addictive behaviours. 
  • Discuss the Islamic methods of intervention strategies in managing addictive behaviours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I ask live questions to the lecturer?

Students can interact directly with the lecturer through the dedicated Q&A session after every lecture. One may also post their questions in the Course specific WhatsApp group.

Are Al Balagh courses recognised or accredited?

Al Balagh courses do not provide an externally accredited or recognised qualification. Our own expert team works at the course content. With over 5000+ learners, we are continuously growing and our vision is to make Al Balagh qualifications renowned worldwide through our expert team, without seeking formal accreditation or recognition from external institutional bodies.

How is this online course structured?

Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.

When will I have access to the online course material?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlBalagh (our online learning portal) within 24 hours.

Will I get notification for live sessions?

All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.

Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?

We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is not compulsory for technical course progress of the students.

I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?

If you are unable to attend a live session or have missed it, you can view recorded sessions on your course dashboard. You can access all the completed Recordings, PPT and assessments anytime.

Can I download the recordings and watch it offline?

You can download recordings and PPT of the course sessions from the myAlBalagh mobile App for all the enrolled courses.The recordings will be available for students after 48 hours of the live session.

Do I get marks for watching course recordings and presentations?

There are no additional marks for watching the course recordings. Only the module Assessments and the final exam add up to the final score.You can check the individual scores of your Assessments under the Progress tab of myAlBalagh.

I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?

You can discuss your doubts via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion or access the Discussion Board on myAlBalagh. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared.

When will the final exam be held?

The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a Graded And Timed Exam.

How do I interact with my classmates?

You can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students. Furthermore, you can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well.

How long will I have access to the online course?

You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected].

I am facing trouble signing into the “myAlBalagh” Online Student portal. What should I do?

In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.

I cannot afford the fee. What should I do?

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