Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 Semesters
Credit Hours:

Help those in need. The Addiction Studies program at The University of North Texas prepares you to work with people with addiction — those at risk and those in recovery.
Opportunities in the rehabilitation specialist profession exist in hospitals, community agencies, schools, within the justice system, state and federal government organizations, recovery supports, recovery homes, detoxification programs, and private and public treatment programs. Our program provides the required courses for licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas.

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Why Earn an Addiction Studies Minor?

Courses cover all levels of alcohol and drug use, as well as other behavioral addictions, their symptomatology, personal and social impacts, and treatment. Our program is structured to meet the state licensing educational requirements for licensure as a chemical dependency counselor (LCDC).

Our interdisciplinary training will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for the advancement of positive health outcomes across communities and lifespans, supporting equitable care for all.

Our department is composed of community-engaged academics who provide an education that reaches beyond the classroom. Faculty with expertise in applied gerontology, health services, rehabilitation counseling, substance use and behavioral health concerns will prepare you for a career making positive changes in the lives of others.

Addiction Studies Minor Highlights

Combined with a state-approved major, this program’s curriculum meets the criteria for credential as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the State of Texas and serves as a robust foundation for graduate study.
The program provides rigorous courses taught by clinically trained, licensed and experienced faculty who have a rich history delivering academic instruction in higher education. The program offers an integrated model of addictions, mental health and co-occurring disorders.
Addiction studies coursework provides exposure to addiction diagnoses, all levels of care and competencies for working with adults and adolescents.
This program also supports students and professionals who wish to continue career development in the addiction field. We address numerous aspects of the treatment process, including prevention, intervention, residential treatment and outpatient substance use treatment with adults and adolescents.
Addiction studies courses prepare students to work directly with individuals with substance use disorders and process addictions (e.g., gambling, disordered eating, etc.) in order to facilitate long-term recovery, autonomy and improved quality of life.

Addiction Studies Minor Courses You Could Take

Drugs and Alcohol (3 hrs)
Covers the psychological, biological and behavioral effects of substance use and addiction with particular focus on the impact of alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, opiates, stimulants, depressants and hallucinogens on mind, body and behavior.
Addiction Treatment Models (3 hrs)
Provides an overview of treatment strategies used in the treatment of alcohol/drug use and dependence. Examines basic chemical dependency treatment service delivery systems within the context of alcohol and other drug use counseling theory.
Alcohol, Drugs and Disability (3 hrs)
Examines the biological, psychological and systemic nature of substance use and addiction, their overlap with other mental and physical disabilities, and relationship to the process of rehabilitation.
Addiction Counseling and Groups (3 hrs)
Principles and practice for the most common forms of addiction treatment offered today. Explores methods of dealing with substance use disorder issues in a group and offers opportunities to apply skills in class setting
Assessment in Rehabilitation (3 hrs)
Principles, techniques and procedures used in the assessment process in rehabilitation, including assessments related to identification of issues of addiction, vocational assessments and situational assessments.
Addictions (3 hrs)
Examines the biological, social-developmental and psychological impact of substance use and behavioral-process addiction and its relationship to individual and family functioning. Investigates the relationship between substance use and chronic stress, trauma and psychological health. Reviews current treatment methods and settings for substance use disorders in addition to current and historical social-political issues related to substance use and legislation.

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