Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

A student who wishes to become a substance abuse counselor can typically skip a traditional 4-year degree and seek to obtain a 2-year degree and certification instead. In addition to the certification, the requirements to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) include 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in the field. The LCDC exam takes about 3 hours and contains 150 questions.

As a substance abuse counselor, the individual will meet with clients to evaluate and understand their unique chemical abuse problems. After, goals and milestones can be created. Group therapy could also be involved.

Some colleges offer a 4-year degree in Addiction Counseling and Prevention. One can also obtain a Master's degree or Doctorate and advance their career even more. Substance abuse counseling is a very important and rewarding career that can truly turn someone’s life around.

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Matching Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Colleges

Grand Canyon University

Four or more years; Private for profit; $16,365 average out-state tuition; $16,365 average in-state tuition

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies

Four or more years; Private not for profit

Alvernia University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $32,840 average out-state tuition; $32,840 average in-state tuition

Delaware Technical Community College-Terry

Four or more years; Public; $8,700 average out-state tuition; $3,480 average in-state tuition

Metropolitan State University

Four or more years; Public; $13,927 average out-state tuition; $6,826 average in-state tuition

Drexel University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $49,632 average out-state tuition; $49,632 average in-state tuition

Ohio Christian University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $10,680 average out-state tuition; $10,680 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Majors

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Catalyst $100K Healthcare Scholarship

Catalyst Scholars

$100,000 Varies See Details
 

Catalyst $100K Healthcare Scholarship

Catalyst Scholars

award

$100,000

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McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

$17,000 January 15, 2022 See Details
 

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

award

$17,000

deadline

January 15, 2022
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Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

award

$6,000

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Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$5,002 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

award

$5,002

deadline

November 01, 2021
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Memorial Foundation Scholarship - SWIC

Southwestern Illinois College

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

Memorial Foundation Scholarship - SWIC

Southwestern Illinois College

award

$2,500

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R. Ernest and Deon Ferrell Scholarship Endowment

University of North Florida

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

R. Ernest and Deon Ferrell Scholarship Endowment

University of North Florida

award

$2,000

deadline

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Norma Adams Scholarship

University of Iowa Health Care

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Norma Adams Scholarship

University of Iowa Health Care

award

$2,000

deadline

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Raymond A. McCullough Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$2,000 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Raymond A. McCullough Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

award

$2,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
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American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

$1,500 Varies See Details
 

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

award

$1,500

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Elaine Jean Fila Memorial Scholarship

Morton College

Up to $1,000 Varies See Details
 

Elaine Jean Fila Memorial Scholarship

Morton College

award

Up to $1,000

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