Office Addiction Counseling Associate Degree Program

Addiction Counseling and Social Advocacy Associate Degree Program

Upon completion of a diploma program, students are eligible to enroll in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Diploma programs are designed to help students begin work in their chosen field. Our AAS programs go beyond by allowing students to develop general education skill sets (in areas such as English, History and Math) and complete an advanced level of course work in their chosen field. As long as they have completed a diploma program or a specific number of credit hours from a related concentration, students may begin an AAS program anytime, even at night while they work. All of our AAS completion programs are 100% online. 

Addiction Counseling Instructor

What is an Addiction Counseling and Social Advocacy?

An Addiction Counseling Technician is someone who conducts individual therapy, provides emotional support and sets achievable goals for those suffering from substance abuse. They represent an extremely important role in the recovery process from alcohol and drug abuse and develop close ties with their patients as they navigate the various stages of addiction. Addiction Counseling Technicians are often called simply Addiction Counselors or Substance Abuse Counselors. Anyone who knows someone with alcohol or drug addiction, knows the power these substances have over individuals. According to the Surgeon General, 1 in 7 individuals will suffer from substance addiction at some point in their life and an Addiction Counseling Technician is there every step of the way for those seeking to overcome their addiction.1
  • Conducting individual or group therapy focused on addiction recovery.
  • Providing emotional support for individuals overcoming their addiction.
  • Helping patients navigate the various stages of addiction recovery.
  • Being a constant supporting shoulder and mentoring those in your care toward a life free of drugs and alcohol.


Addiction Counseling Technicians are often called simply Addiction Counselors or Substance Abuse Counselors.

Early Childhood Education Career Options

What Career Options Are Available in Addiction Counseling?

Addiction Counseling is a broad field with many different career paths and the need for addiction counselors is enormous. This growing need is especially true in the Ohio area. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Ohio had the 4th highest opoiod-involved overdose death rate in the US.2 Some places where trained Addiction Counselors often work is:
  • Addiction Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Out Patient Recovery
  • At Home Care
  • And other environments


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors is projected to grow 18% in Ohio from 2018 to 2028.3

What You Will Learn in an Early Childhood Education Program

What You Will Learn in an Addiction Counseling Technician Program

There are multiple paths to become an Addiction Counselor, but one of the best is through a specially designed degree program, taught by highly-qualified instructors. At Stautzenberger, our Associate of Applied Science degree in Addiction Counseling Technician can be completed in just 5 months and has been carefully designed to:
  • Utilize theories of addiction, substance assessment, and counseling techniques.
  • Prepare you through course work to demonstrate the skills employers are looking for in this field.
  • Apply ethics and boundary considerations and practice an understanding of diversity and tolerance for others.
  • Develop motivational interviewing skills to help patients cope.
  • Understand the neurobiology of addiction, family addiction dynamics, and special population considerations in addiction counseling.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of group process, case management, crisis intervention, trauma and recovery, and vocational rehabilitation.


Why Choose Our College?

Why Choose Our College?

For over 90 years, Stautzenberger College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • ong> Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us at Stautzenberger College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 5 months

100% of the program is online

Offered at Campuses Near Cleveland and Toledo

This program is offered at both of our campus locations, making it convenient for people in both the greater Cleveland area and the greater Toledo area. Our Brecksville campus is located just minutes from downtown Cleveland. The Maumee campus sits just southwest of downtown Toledo.

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1 (visited December 23, 2019).
2 Ohio Opioid Summary.  (2021 January).  Retrieved from
3, retrieved 1/10/2022.