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A Major in Substance Abuse Counseling

Description of Major 

This major educates students about addictions treatment, providing students with a knowledge base for counseling, correctional, administrative and prevention settings.            

For more information on studying Substance Abuse Counseling:  click here

Employment Opportunities 

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in health care, education, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. A variety of jobs are available for substance abuse counseling graduates, including:

Addictions Specialist Chemical Dependency Practitioner
Community Services Worker Corrections Officer
Guidance Counselor Human Service Practitioner
Intervention Specialist Mental Health Professional
Parole Officer Probation Officer
Psychiatrist Psychologist
Social Worker Substance Abuse Counselor
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist  


Some positions listed may require education or training beyond an undergraduate degree. 

Additional Benefits

Completion of the Baccalaureate Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling fulfills all of academic requirements for Licensure under the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. 

Additional Links  

Addiction Treatment Forum
American Medical Association – Office of Alcohol & Other Substances

American Society for Addiction Medication
Drug Abuse Research Center

 National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

National Association for Addiction Treatment Providers

UC College of Education