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Be on the Front Lines of the Addiction Epidemic

While drug and alcohol addictions can cause serious problems for individuals, family and society, they are treatable. At NECC you can learn how to help others understand and recover from their abuse problems, leading to a rewarding career improving lives – including yours!

Why Choose NECC?

With NECC’s program you’ll gain an understanding of drug use, abuse and dependence, and develop the skills to provide therapeutic 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 of Standards in Human Services Education. With this program you will:

  • Learn counseling techniques, treatment modalities and professional behavior standards
  • Learn to observe, assess, and evaluate people with addiction issues
  • Benefit from supervised practicum experiences in substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Prepare for many career paths including education, outreach, prevention, and detoxification
  • Be able to apply all credits earned to NECC’s Associate Degree in Human Services

Because of NECC

You can capitalize on the demand for trained counselors in a variety of settings, and begin having an immediate impact on people, or choose to continue your education in NECC’s Associate Degree in Human Services. Upon completion of this 35-credit program you can:

  • Work in a variety of treatment environments, including residential facilities, shelters, correctional facilities, hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, and more
  • Apply program credits towards NECC’s Associate Degree in Human Services
  • Pursue becoming a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Required Courses and Program Notes


Career Paths & Job Market

Employment Outlook
Job Opportunities
Career Paths
Licensing and Credentialing for Graduates
External Online Resources


Program Coordinator
Faculty Contact Information

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment for the Alcohol Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate

Required Documents

Human Services Criteria Packet (PDF)

Human Services Student Achievement Indicators (PDF)

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