Field of Study: Addiction Counseling
Addiction counseling programs prepare students to work as counselors with people who have alcohol, substance abuse, or gambling addictions.
Addiction counseling programs include topics such as:
- Addiction theory
- Counseling techniques
- Assessing addiction problems
- Setting up treatment plans
- Methods for early intervention
- Prevention measures
Many community colleges offer associate degree or certificate programs in addiction counseling. Most of these programs are only open to people who already have a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field such as nursing, social work, or general counseling. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study.
A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's and master's degrees in addiction counseling. Several offer minors or concentrations in addiction counseling as part of a counseling, psychology, nursing, or social work program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Very few schools offer doctoral (PhD) degree programs in addiction counseling.