Train for a Career as an Addiction Counselor with an Addiction Studies Certificate

With an Addiction Studies certificate, students learn skills required to identify addiction disorders and suggest treatments for individuals in need.

Blue Ridge CTC’s Addiction Studies certificate offers students practical training to equip skills, counseling methods, and treatments required to treat addiction disorders.

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Why Earn a Certificate in Addiction Studies

With a certificate in Addiction Studies, students gain skills, knowledge, and competencies required to pursue a career as a addiction counselor. The program allows students to:

    • Identify the causes of an addiction disorder and their treatments.
    • Execute classroom learnings in actual work situations to make that impact.
    • Build a solid base to enter various addiction counseling professions in approx. one year.
    • Earn credits to be used toward a future degree program.


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Learn counseling techniques to treat addiction disorders.

The Addiction Studies certificate program guides students in demonstrating skills to help people live a better life.

This program allows students to obtain exposure to various topics related to addiction, psychopharmacology, advocacy, crisis intervention, and components of addiction counseling.

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What You Will Learn - Curriculum Overview

With our Addiction Studies certificate, students receive hands-on instructions from highly trained faculty regarding the essentials of addiction disorder counseling and treatment.

Throughout this program, students learn various core concepts such as introduction to psychology, introduction to social work and human services, crisis intervention, introduction to addiction, and more. Our program equips students to:

    • Evaluate drug’s impact on human brain and body.
    • Learn various advocacy techniques and apply them to deal with community issues.
    • Identify various challenges, stressors, and other factors responsible for addiction disorders.
    • Examine stress and develop strategies for coping.

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Here is what the learners have to share about their experiences after completing Blue Ridge CTC’s Addiction Studies certificate program.

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Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to a quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child pay for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available.

    • State and Federal Grant Programs
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    • Student Loans
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    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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With a one -year economical and flexible addiction studies certificate, students gain foundational knowledge to pursue a career in addiction counseling professions available in the local economy. The Blue Ridge CTC Addiction Studies certificate module develops marketable skills through hands-on training and guidance from industry experts.
With our in-person or online addiction studies program, students learn core concepts and theories needed in addiction counseling careers. The program develops workforce-ready skills, techniques, and procedures required for addressing addiction disorders.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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