Substance Abuse

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Human Services Technology – Substance Abuse

Young Woman Having Counseling Session With Head In Hands.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 an alcohol and drug counselor by the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice 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.

Curriculum Overview

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


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