The use of alcohol and other drugs continues to be a social problem touching all elements of society: loss of work proficiency, functional relationships, appropriate parenting and, ultimately, human life. Moraine Valley’s Addictions Studies Program recognizes that the treatment of addictions must be comprehensive―treating the whole person, not just the symptoms.


Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Addictions StudiesA.A.S.1314Public Service
Additions StudiesCertificate1321Public Service

You will be taught by professionals with years of experience in alcoholism and other addictions counseling. The program includes an internship that will allow you to gain valuable on-the-job experience and apply what you have learned in your courses.

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).

Nature of the Work

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 Outlook

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Questions? Contact the program coordinator at (708) 608-4337 or