Human Services Technology – Substance Abuse
Do you want to work in a job that directly helps people who are struggling with substance abuse? A new five-semester program at Gaston College can prepare you to provide support and guidance that can help transform lives.
Careers in Substance Abuse Services
The Human Services Technology-Substance Abuse program equips students for careers as:
- Substance abuse counselors
- DUI counselors
- Residential facility employees
- Halfway house workers
- Substance abuse education specialists
- Peer support specialists
Graduates of the program earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and are able to prepare for certification as a substance abuse counselor by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Board.
Successful substance abuse counselors have empathy, understand recovery is a long-term process, and are able to maintain confidentiality. They provide support during an immediate crisis, as well as throughout long-term management of addiction.
Coursework in the Human Services Technology-Substance Abuse program includes classroom and experiential activities that explore topics such as:
- Chemical dependency
- Psychological/sociological process
- The 12 core functions of a substance abuse professional
- Intervention techniques with individuals in groups
- Follow-up activities with recovering clients
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Ready to Learn More or Apply?
Learn more about the Human Services Technology-Substance Abuse curriculum and A.A.S. degree today. To apply to the program, you must first apply to Gaston College. Download our Next Steps Guide for easy, step-by-step directions to your application.