Equipped with an understanding of addiction and an introduction to counseling, treatment, and related practices, students who complete the Addiction option are prepared to go on to further study or to apply for entry-level employment in the field. Further, students may prepare for certification or licensure in addiction counseling in some states.
The Addictions curriculum emphasizes research, theory, and practice related to the range of services for treating people who struggle with addiction. Students may focus on either prevention or treatment in the courses they select and the internships they undertake.
Specific admissions and course requirements for the Addictions option can be found in the course catalog.
Careers in Addictions
Addiction impacts every sector of society. Families, jobs, and lives are destroyed every day by substance use disorders. In 2007, an estimated 22.3 million persons aged 12 or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse. However, only 1.6 percent of these people received some kind of treatment for a problem related to the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.
Those intending to enter the addictions field need to be properly prepared. It is important to obtain the necessary education and training in order to provide the most effective, quality care. Also, each state has its own certification and/or licensing requirements for practice. Students and those furthering their career need to be aware of their state’s laws and guidelines.
Here’s a story on Hilary Hartford ’07, a mental health and chemical dependency professional at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Adult and Juvenile Mental Health Services.
Contact Addictions Option:
Dr. Margaret Smith
Joslin House 205