Addictions and Prevention Studies (AS)
Allen County Community College

Program Details

Allen County Community College offers an Associate of Science degree in Addiction and Prevention Studies for students interested in social work and other fields, and who want to work in analyzing, treating, and preventing relapses of patients who suffer from addictive behaviors or drug or alcohol addiction. Students will learn about addictive issues that different social groups have in society, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, binge eating, smoking, hoarding, and a variety of other behaviors that result in a psychological or physiological need to continue those behaviors. Through the program, students will develop advanced skills to help counsel those with disorders requiring understanding psychology and developmental issues in treatment of addictions.

Students will take part in a curriculum that emphasizes the development of counseling abilities with advanced development of practical skills. Those classes include English composition, general psychology, substance abuse awareness, introduction to counseling, and introduction to group counseling, among others.

Upon completion of the certification, students will have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications for counseling roles for addiction counseling services. Those qualifications include demonstrating the ability to apply sound ethical, legal, and business practices in the work of an addiction counselor; to demonstrate the ability to implement counseling, prevention, and intervention services related to addiction counseling; to promote diversity and advocacy as related to addiction counseling; to employ various assessment techniques to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse addiction clientele; to use evidence-based research literature to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse addiction clientele; and to use diagnostic tools to diagnose addiction and other disorders in diverse clientele.


High school transcript or proof of GED completion and scores. Official transcripts from previous universities and colleges (if applicable). SAT/ACT scores – COMPASS/ASSET test administered to students not submitting SAT/ACT scores.

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission