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Online Substance Abuse Counseling Degree Grads Treat Addiction
Earn an online substance abuse counseling degree and help patients overcome addictions and self-destructive behaviors related to drugs, alcohol, and overeating.
 
Millions of people in the United States are struggling with some form of addiction; you may even know a friend or family member who is suffering from this mental health disease. Because substance abuse issues are so common, counselors are in heavy demand.

Substance abuse counseling combines knowledge of social work, psychology, sociology, and mental health. Counselors pull from all the social sciences to provide services and treatment to individuals working to overcome alcoholism, drug addiction, or other behavioral disorders.

As a substance abuse counselor—or addiction counselor—you have the option to work in various settings—medical rehabilitation institutions, outdoor rehabilitation, community outpatient services and even private practice. The background, education, and qualifications vary for those who seek careers in substance abuse counseling, and it is commonly dependent on where they want to work.

THE CAREER PATH

Educational requirements to become a drug and alcohol counselor vary widely by state. In some states, only a high school diploma is required. But in most states, you will need to earn at least a college level drug counseling certificate to enter the substance abuse field.

In a few states, certification can be earned after completing an associate-level online substance abuse counseling degree. Most state certification agencies require some formal education, plus supervised counseling experience, plus passing a state exam. 

After earning state certification, some drug counselors continue to earn a national certification such as becoming a National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC) or a NCAC II. The NCAC II requires a bachelor's degree as well as extensive counseling experience and state certification. 

Higher education allows counselors to serve as a greater resource to their clients, and work on a more independent and individualized level. If your goal is to become a private practitioner, run a treatment center, supervise programs, or accept insurance reimbursements for psychotherapy, you will most likely need a master's degree in drug and alcohol counseling or a post-bachelors online certificate as well as a state license. 

In whatever setting they may practice, counselors will commonly provide the following types of services to their clients:

  • Connecting addicts with community services and other supportive organizations
  • Use behavioral modification therapy to help their clients adapt to sober living
  • Working with patients to set realistic goals
  • Educating family members on how to best support their loved ones as they overcome addiction
  • Intervening in crisis situations for clients
  • Evaluating client progress and effectiveness of treatments

According to the United States Department of Labor, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors make an average salary of $42,920. This figure largely depends on the setting in which a counselor works, however, as government employees are likely to make less than private practices with a developed client base. Overall, the demand for these professionals is expected to grow faster than average.

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

Substance abuse counseling requires similar traits as those required of social workers and psychologists: the ability to work in stressful situations, to actively listen others, and the capacity for critical thinking.

If you have an interest in understanding human behavior and psychology, helping those with substance abuse issues, and offering a needed community service, then you might want to research this career.

Most professionals in this counseling field also consider addiction an illness and are sympathetic to their clients’ situation.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

Seek substance abuse counseling degree programs that allow you to pick courses that may be especially relevant to your interests. If you are more intrigued by the social welfare and policies related to substance abuse, it might be wise to start combine your substance abuse education with social work. Whereas, if the psychological and scientific theories behind human behavior are your specialty, it may be beneficial to study broader psychology in addition to substance abuse.

The Center for Addiction Studies and Research recommends that you graduate from a program that includes topics like:

  • Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Managing Anger and Depression in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Planning for Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Ethics for Addiction Professionals 

COST

GetEducated’s rankings reveal that an online bachelor’s in substance abuse counseling average around $50,000 and master’s programs are a little less expensive at around $30,000. Keep in mind that books are not be included in this estimate.


     Browse 36 online substance abuse counseling degrees below.
     Click on a listing to view total cost of attendance & verified student reviews.

 

 

List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Bachelor of Science in Counseling / Addiction, Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse

The Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse is designed to train practitioners in the field of addiction counseling, chemical depe...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Addiction Counseling

Master of Science in Addiction Counseling. As society understands more about addiction, more people are seeking treatment and more drug offenders are being sent to treatment programs rather than p...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Christian Counseling / Substance Use & Addictive Disorders

GCU?s transformative Christian Counseling programs create an opportunity to integrate Christian principles within a professional counseling practice. A career as a licensed addiction counselor beg...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Psychology / Addiction and Recovery

Liberty University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program with an emphasis on Addiction and Recovery.  The flexible, online program allows for prof...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling / Addictions and Recovery

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Addictions and Recovery degree is designed for those interested in serving within local churches in a nonprofessional counseling role. Liberty Uni...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling

Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling program provides you with the education and training required for certification and/or licensure as a substance abuse or ad...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

MS - Addiction Studies

Position yourself for increased career opportunities and job satisfaction in the fast-growing field of addiction counseling. This Master's in Addiction Studies is designed to develop professio...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

PhD - Addiction Psychology

Move forward in your career with Capella University's online PhD in Psychology, Addiction Psychology specialization. This program is designed for professionals seeking to serve as academic, re...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    104
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions

Students can prepare for a career assisting those who suffer from substance abuse with a recognized degree by a national leader in the industry.* Kaplan University is an NAADAC-approved education ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Post-Master's Certificate in Addictions

The Addictions specialization prepares mental health practitioners to develop knowledge and expertise in the area of substance use disorders, addictions, and addictive behaviors. Ex...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    6
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Post-Master's Certificate in Addictions & Rehabilitation

The Addictions and Rehabilitation specialization at NCU is designed for individuals interested in gaining knowledge of: Case management Clinical supervision Clin...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    6
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology / Addictions

See Yourself Succeed in Addiction Studies SNHU’s addiction studies degree explores the theories and contemporary research of addictive behaviors, preparing students ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling

The online BS in Addictions Counseling degree program provides an in-depth education, from a Christian perspective, for students who desire to understand and/or serve addicted persons and their fa...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Wesleyan

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor Completion
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    64
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Clinical Addictions Counseling

The online MA in Addictions Counseling degree program allows students to gain hands-on experience while being clinically supervised by men and women of diverse cultural ba...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Wesleyan

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling

Through its Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in Addictions Counseling programs, Indiana Wesleyan University is an Approved Education Provider of the Association for Add...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Wesleyan

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    15
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling

The online Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling program covers topics in cross cultural and ethical considerations, counseling theories, alcohol and drug studies, chemical dependency, and ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Associate of Science in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

The online AS in Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counseling degree program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to counsel individuals, groups, and families regarding drug and a...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies

With an online Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, you will be prepared to help people overcome harmful, destructive additions. Th...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    8
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling

The online BA in Substance Abuse Counseling degree program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to integrate Christian principles into counseling techniques with in...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Other Protestant

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor Completion
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    70
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Human Services / Alcohol and Drug Counseling

You want to advocate for those suffering through addiction, from the individuals battling substance abuse to the families and communities in turmoil as a result. As a professional in the human ser...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, For-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    37
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling

You want to help people when they need it the most, and to advocate for those suffering through addiction. With our Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, you’ll gain the ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, For-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Certificate of Completion in Professional Addictions Counseling

This program at Rio Salado College is designed to launch students career in social work, counseling, mental health, psychology or rehabilitation. Expert faculty helps students develop unmatched sk...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    11
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Certificate of Completion in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level I

This program at Rio Salado College is designed to launch students' careers in social work, counseling, mental health, psychology or rehabilitation. Expert faculty help students develop unmatch...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    21
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Certificate of Completion in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level II

This program at Rio Salado College is designed to launch students' careers in social work, counseling, mental health, psychology or rehabilitation. Expert faculty help students develop unmatch...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    39
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Associate of Science in Addictions Counseling

Southwestern Assemblies of God University offers the Associate of Science in Addictions Counseling, a program that introduces the student to the treatment of addictions while preparing them to wor...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Assemblies of God Church

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    64
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

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