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Overview for Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

A program that prepares individuals to help prevent substance abuse, counsel individuals and families with drug and alcohol problems, and perform intervention and therapeutic services for persons suffering from addiction. Includes instruction in individual and group counseling skills, psychology of addiction, sociology, crisis intervention, substance abuse identification methodologies, substance abuse treatment modalities, substance abuse prevention and treatment resources, pharmacology and behavioral aspects of abused substances, treatment evaluation, patient observation and education, group dynamics, professional standards and ethics, and applicable law and regulations.

Careers for Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Majors

A major in Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling is highly relevant for the following careers. National averages for wages in each career is provided.

Colleges Offering a Major in Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Top 20 U.S. Colleges with the highest percentage of Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling among the 2008-2009 graduating class.

AddInfoCollege Name Degrees Awarded/
Alvernia University
Reading, PA
Less Selective$24,350 
Bethany University
Scotts Valley, CA
 Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Open Admissions$4,772 
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University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
Moderately Selective$11,903 
Graceland University-Lamoni
Lamoni, IA
Less Selective$20,090 
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Moderately Selective$31,835 
Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM
Open Admissions$12,825 
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Metropolitan State University
Saint Paul, MN
University of Mary
Bismarck, ND
Less Selective$12,584 
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
Less Selective$7,841 
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Degrees awarded represents the number of bachelor's degrees awarded among the 2008-2009 graduating class.