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Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate

Program Overview

Alcohol and drug addiction is a major public health problem in America. The consequences are far-reaching and affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. Individuals can work on recovering from addiction with treatment. Treatments for substance abuse are just as effective as treatments for other chronic conditions such as diabetes according. The alcohol and drug abuse counseling certificate program could be for you if you have a strong desire to help people improve their lives, are empathetic, committed, and value self-awareness. Job prospects are excellent and substance abuse counselors are one of the fastest growing occupations.

At NECC, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate will prepare you for a position as a substance abuse counselor. You will gain an understanding of drug use, abuse and dependence and the related personal and social consequences. You will develop skills to provide therapeutic services for people dealing with substance abuse, with an emphasis on helping them maintain recovery and prevent relapse. You will learn how to provide services to individuals, groups and families.

The program is based on the National Addiction Counselor Competencies and the National Community Support Skill Standards and is approved by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. Once you complete the Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, there are many career paths you can choose.

Career Opportunities

You can work in substance abuse education, outreach programs, prevention programs, detoxification, and other treatment programs. You can work in locations such as residential programs, shelters, correctional facilities, hospitals, structured outpatient programs or sober homes.

Graduates of this program may also choose to apply all the credits earned in this certificate toward NECC’s Associate Degree in Human Services.

Career Prospects are excellent. Substance Abuse Counselors are one of the fastest growing occupations according to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Job Employment Projections through 2016.

Additional Opportunities

As a student in this program, you will participate in practicums (supervised clinical experiences) where you will provide direct support services to individuals using interpersonal communication, interviewing, observation, problem solving, case management, and documentation skills in accordance with the human service philosophy. Practicum experiences allow you to experience the human services profession first-hand, and give you the opportunity to grow as a person and a professional.

Getting Started

Ready to get started? It’s easy! Northern Essex has an open admissions policy, which means that if you have a high school diploma or GED you are eligible to enroll at NECC. Just fill out an application, attend an orientation/assessment session, and then register for classes.

Print the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate Program Sheet (PDF)

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