Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies

Do you want to help those struggling with addiction? The Addiction Studies program teaches you the skills required to work in today’s treatment facilities and prepares you for the certification process for California’s drug treatment settings.

About Us

With the country’s ongoing opiate epidemic creating an ever-growing demand for trained addiction specialists, now is the perfect time to pursue a career in Addiction Studies. 

Fully accredited by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, the program meets all California certification standards and was designed to get you trained and working in the field as quickly and economically as possible. Most students receive job offers before they graduate.

Transfer Opportunities

The Certificate of Achievement was designed to grant students direct entry into the job market.


It is also a great starting place for students who want to continue their studies towards an Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts: Behavioral and Social Science degree. One could then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Sociology.


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What to Expect

Students advance rapidly from classroom to treatment facilities  experience. Our certificate includes two internships, each consisting of 150 hours of real-life, supervised practice in approved addiction treatment facilities. Telepresence from Del Norte and Klamath-Trinity is offered for many of our classes.

 fast FactS

100% of the treatment programs in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties employ CR graduates.

90% of our students are in recovery.

 fast FactS

There are over 1400 drug and alcohol treatment centers in California.

You will learn to:

  • Develop a program tailored to the individual in support of a recovery process and relapse prevention that will effect an improved quality of living.
  • Design a process for clients to self-explore the consequences of alcoholism and other drug dependence.
  • Provide current and accurate information regarding the roles of family members and others in the alcoholism/drug dependency system.
  • Assist clients to establish life management skills to support a recovery process.
  • Maintain appropriate records in a confidential manner for the purpose of treatment planning and case management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, social, and psychological differences in populations and individuals.
  • Prepare for both the CAADE and CCAPP state certifications.

Become a facilitator of change... the mentor of growth

Employers of CR’s AS Graduates

  • Westcare at Pelican Bay
  • Open Door Community Health Centers

Projected California Employment Statistics


Substance Abuse & Behavioral
Disorder Counselors


Job Growth (2016-2024)


Job Openings (2014-2024)

9,400  11,100


Employment opportunities include:

  • Drug & alcohol treatment advising
  • Family and youth services
  • Education rehabilitation
  • Community health
  • Mental health
  • Employment assistance programs
  • Senior programs
  • Community-based non-profit activities
  • Case management services