Addiction and substance use disorders impact all of us—our communities, our friends, and our families. Across the U.S., an estimated 21.5 million Americans have substance use disorders. Discover how you can make a difference as an addiction and prevention professional. Moraine Valley's Addictions Studies program equips individuals for entry-level employment in drug and alcohol treatment field as counselors working under supervision in treatment centers.

The primary goal of this program is to give you an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue and become a certified addictions counselor in Illinois through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA)/Illinois Certification Board (ICB).

An addictions counselor’s professional training and levels of clinical experience vary. Addictions counselors provide alcohol and drug counseling and education by performing a number of key functions, which may include the following:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Intakes and Assessments
  • Client Education
  • Referrals
  • Case Management
  • Record Keeping

Related Job Titles
Alcoholism Counselor, Addictions Counselor, Intake Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor

Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Moraine Valley's Addition Studies Certificate gives students the opportunity to take courses that specialize in the area of addictions and is designed to be to be taken in support of a degree in an area of the student’s primary interest. For example, students interested in Criminal Justice could benefit from a working understanding of addictions if they were going into the police force, probation or juvenile services.  

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Addictions StudiesA.A.S.1314Health Sciences
Addictions StudiesCertificate1321Health Sciences


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