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Get the Skills to Become an Addiction Counseling Professional

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Substance abuse is one of the most common health problems in America, with a Bachelor’s Degree, Associate’s Degree or Diploma you can help

Addiction Counseling Program in Bangor, Maine

If you have a desire to help others who are struggling with substance addiction, consider Beal University’s Addiction Counseling program, designed to begin in the diploma program, advance to associate degree and further complete a bachelor degree while working in the field.

You know the devastation addiction can cause, and you believe you have the ability to help others empower themselves. Perhaps you’ve overcome addiction yourself, and have become stronger for having survived it. You have the willpower, now all you need is training and you’ll be on your way to starting a fulfilling career as an Addiction Counselor.

Your Future in Addiction Counseling

The Addiction Counseling program is designed to provide you with invaluable skills so you can counsel clients through the recovery process. Topics include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, vocational rehabilitation, trauma and recovery, client education, and community resources. Discussions will occur around special issues including sexual harassment, gender, aging, disabilities, cultural differences, and co-occurring disorders.

Throughout the program, you’ll learn to apply theories of addiction, substance assessment, and counseling techniques – including motivational counseling. You’ll grow to understand the neurobiology of addiction, family addiction dynamics, and special population concerns. Throughout the program you will explore ethics and boundary considerations, all while working and interacting with those involved in Addiction Counseling. Lastly, but still very important, you’ll develop an understanding of diversity and tolerance for others.

With flexible online and on-campus schedules, smaller class sizes, and accelerated programs, you will feel prepared and supported to pursue your career goals upon graduation.

The best way to see if Beal University is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on the Addiction Counseling program, class schedules, and financial aid options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Get more info or Book a Tour.

Diploma and Degree Options

Beal University offers a 9-month* Addiction Counseling Diploma and 8-month* Associate’s Degree for those who wish to take a shorter program and quickly start a career. Alternatively, you can take the remaining courses to complete the 20-month* Bachelor of Science Degree, which could lead to increased opportunities and a wider breadth of knowledge.

At Beal University, we offer three Addiction Counseling programs:

Addiction Counseling – Diploma (9 Months*):

If you are looking to quickly start a career in Addiction Counseling, consider our 9-month* Diploma program. This program is intended for those who wish to take a faster, less in-depth approach to becoming an Addiction Counselor.

Addiction Counseling – Associate’s Degree (8 Months*):

Our 8-month* Addiction Counseling Associate’s Degree completion program is designed to provide you with an academic foundation for a career in addiction counseling services. You will learn both the academic and practical skills required for employment in a variety settings in an addiction counseling field.

Addiction Counseling – Bachelor of Science Degree (20 Months*):

The 20-month* Bachelor’s in Addiction Counseling Degree program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to provide direct client services in sincere and compassionate relationships. Upon completion of this program, you will feel fully prepared to start a career as an Addictions Counselor.

Transfer Credits Accepted

Already have an associate’s degree? You could get credit for your previous coursework and graduate even sooner! Get info today to learn if you qualify.

Become Qualified in Addiction Counseling

The Addiction Counseling program offers flexible and student-centered program options to prepare students for careers as Addiction Counselors (and for related fields). Our instructors represent a broad range of experience, skills, and knowledge in the area. University faculty with research and training expertise, as well as experienced practitioners in drug and alcohol treatment across many demographic groups and treatment settings, make up our quality group of instructors.

During the Addiction Counseling program, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Crisis Identification and Resolution
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Group Process
  • Trauma, Sexual Abuse, and Recovery
  • Introduction to Addiction Counseling
  • Ethics and Boundaries in Addiction Counseling
  • Motivational Interviewing I & II
  • Multicultural Counseling in Addiction
  • Addiction and the Family
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • General Courses

If you choose to take either the 9-month* Substance Abuse Counseling Diploma or the 10-month* Associate’s Degree, you will not be required to complete all of the courses that appear on this list.

Is a Career in Substance Abuse Counseling Right for You? Take the Beal University "Counseling Career Readiness Quiz"

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Counseling career readiness score now!


I really enjoyed the small classes, and the professors were always eager to answer my questions.
Caitlin Maker, Substance Abuse Graduate

Get Real-World Experience

On-the-job learning is a valuable factor in addiction counseling education, which is why Beal University gets its students into real-life addiction counseling environments during their 160-hour externship. Beal has fostered strong relationships within the Bangor community so you could get externship placement assistance from professionals in the industry. This first-hand training is invaluable; it will truly prepare you to become a professional Addiction Counselor.

Certifications Make You Employable

The Addiction Counseling program is designed to meet the requirements needed to qualify graduates to sit for the CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) examination. Passing the CADC exam would allow you to pursue employment as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in an agency setting.

Hear From an Addiction Counseling Graduate

Make a career for yourself by training at Beal University to become an in-demand Addiction Counselor

Diverse Career Prospects

Addiction Counselors work to provide support to individuals and groups throughout the recovery process. These skills are indispensable in many settings – day programs, counseling programs, reentry centers, detention facilities, residential and outpatient counseling programs, employee wellness programs, and hospital detox facilities.

As a graduate of the Addiction Counseling program, you’ll be fully prepared to take on rewarding positions such as:

  • Addiction Counselor
  • Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC)
  • Counselor Associate
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Psychiatric Tech
  • Counselor Associate
  • Child/Youth Provider
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Addictions Counselor
  • Campus Aide

Addiction Counseling Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

Addiction Counselors counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other dependency problems. They may counsel individuals, families, or groups, or engage in prevention programs.

As an Addiction Counselor you may:

  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making lifestyle changes
  • Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories
  • Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions
  • Review and evaluate clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans
  • Assess individuals’ degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples

Is a Rewarding Career in Addiction Counseling Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about professional career training, fill out the form on this page to receive more information. A friendly Beal University Career Advisor can answer career questions, guide you to our virtual tour, and get you helpful financial aid information. Get the answers you need to discover the perfect career path for you.

For immediate questions, call 207-307-3900

*Program length when completed in normal time.