Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies

The mission of the addiction studies concentration is to assist you in becoming an effective addictions counselor by equipping you with the knowledge, competency, and skills needed to prepare for a state credential in addictions counseling. The requirements for certification or licensure in addictions counseling vary in different states, and the Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Education has designed the concentration in addiction studies to prepare you to meet your state's requirements.

Download the addiction studies brochure.


Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.

Demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors may also increase as states seek treatment and counseling services for drug offenders rather than jail time.

Program graduates work in outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, in nursing and residential care facilities, individual and family services, state and local government, hospitals (state, local, and private).

Weekend Classes

Attend classes on two weekends per month without disrupting your work schedule and your family responsibilities.

16-24 Months

Earn your bachelor’s degree in 16 to 24 months, saving you time and money.

Support for Adults

Get the academic support you need as an adult from attentive faculty and staff from the Academic Success Center at your campus.

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn undergraduate credit for prior learning, work, and life experiences. You may transfer in as many as 72 credits.

An Affordable Degree

The combination of an accelerated format, affordable tuition, and staff to help you navigate the financial aid process makes this a surprisingly affordable program.

Relevant and Current

Our addiction studies concentration is current with new and emerging issues in the substance abuse disorder field, including courses in compulsive gambling and food addictions counseling.

Student Projects

An action research project provides opportunities for students to take leadership roles in addiction studies and in their communities.

National and Regional Recognition

Get connected with local, regional, and national organizations that Springfield College and its School of Professional and Continuing Studies have articulation agreements with, including National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

Web-enhanced Classroom

Enrich your learning and résumé with an online classroom component that will strengthen the skills you need as a professional in the field.

Outstanding Faculty

Learn from faculty members who have worked in the addiction studies field and are eager to share their experiences and expertise with you.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 120 credits to graduate. Of those credits, 48 must be taken at Springfield College (residency requirement).

Students must complete all three levels of required courses:

  • General education requirements
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies requirements
  • Addiction studies concentration requirements (Minimum 12 credits taken in residence)

The link below provides a detailed explanation of the graduation requirements and lists the general education requirements categories.

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Credit and Course Requirements

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Requirements

Students enrolled in the addiction studies concentration must fulfill their requirements for Group Project, which includes earning 12 credits through the completion of a project that is substance dependency or abuse related (under the course numbers ADST 330, 331, and 332).

Student Projects

Bring learning to life with hands-on community projects, making connections and impacting people before you graduate. Below are a list of past student projects.

  • Addressing the Effects and Consequences of Substance Abuse among African American Males in Rhode Island
  • Serenity EROS (Empowering Recovering Opportunities for Success)
  • Adolescents and Drug Abuse
  • The Next Step to Recidivism
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