Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the role of an Addiction Counselor?
A: Addiction counselors work with people who have significant problems related to their misuse of alcohol or drugs. Sometimes, addiction counselors work with people who have gambling problems or eating disorders.

Q: What type of degree is required to apply for the Addiction Counseling certificate?
A: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required to apply into the Addiction Counseling program.

Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?
A: The 18 credit/6 course program can be completed in one calendar year.

Q: Do I need to have a specific background or undergraduate major to apply?
A: No, applicants from all academic backgrounds will be considered. 

Q: Can I use financial aid to fund my courses?
A: Unfortunately, we currently do not offer financial aid for the Addiction Counseling certificate.

Q: Are courses offered online?
A: No, the certificate is an on campus, in person program.

Q: What is a CADAC certification?
A: CADAC, which stands for Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor, is a certification in drug abuse and counseling that is recognized in 32 out of 50 states. After completion of this program you would have to sit for the CADAC exam.

Q: Are drugs and alcohol the only problems that this program will focus on?
A: People who experience alcohol or drug problems often have other personal difficulties that should be addressed in treatment. Learning how to deal with anger, interpersonal conflicts, loneliness, or communication problems is important to overcoming a problem with alcohol or drugs. This program is designed to help you understand how to treat the whole person, not just the alcohol or drug misuse.  

Q: What makes this program different from similar programs in the area?
A: The Addiction Counseling C.G.S. differs from other programs because it is an evidence and skills based program focusing on teaching students about the whole aspect of the person and treating not just the addiction. Most other addiction counseling certificate programs focus solely on gaining knowledge and stops there. This program is skills based. This would include learning motivational interviewing techniques, relapse prevention and knowing how to help clients say no without excuses. This curriculum encompasses practical counseling skills on overcoming the problems with the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Unlike other programs of its type, we require a bachelor’s degree. Our courses were developed from the ground up and in partnership with community resources. There is no other program in Massachusetts similar to this program and likely no other similar program in the U.S.