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Why Addiction Studies?

 
  • 23.5 million persons (9.3 percent) aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (SAMSHA 2008).
  • An estimated 27 million children live with a parent who abuses or is dependent upon alcohol or illicit drugs (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University <CASA> 2005).
  • Healthcare costs associated with substance abuse are estimated to be $114 billion (Robert Wood Foundation, 2001).
  • Substance abuse health related problems cost our society more than $33 billion a year in lost productivity (NIDA, 2000).
  • 65% of all U.S. inmates meet criteria for substance abuse dependence (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University <CASA> 2010).
  • So whether you are considering an addictions career or wanting to enhance your knowledge and/or skills in the area of substance use disorders, this curriculum is for you.

     

    Video courtesy of www.addictioncareers.org.

    Program Overview

    The Addiction Studies curriculum consists of coursework focusing on the etiology of addiction, the impact of addiction on the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual nature of the human being, family and society.

    Individuals seeking an addictions career, will take specialized coursework, including a practicum course, that provides them with foundational knowledge and entry level skills to work not only with the addicted individual and their families, but to also work successfully within the treatment continuum and to network with other professionals and agencies.

    Individuals not interested in an addictions career per se but are seeking to enhance their knowledge and /or skills in the area of substance use disorders are able to select from a variety of addiction courses that will provide them with the necessary information and/or training to help them meet their goals.

    The successful completion of particular coursework in the Addiction Studies curriculum does allow an individual to apply for certification through the Idaho Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification, in particular, the Idaho Student of Addiction Studies certification.  These courses will also meet educational requirements for individuals seeking CADC or ACADC certification through the Idaho Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification.

    Semester Plan - AAS

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    Semester Plan - TC

    Checklist - TC