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 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.

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

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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.