Substance Abuse Online and On Campus Degree Programs

Substance abuse online programs develop your skills to help drug abusersSubstance abuse online programs are increasingly popular amongst students. But what does it mean to be a substance abuse (or behavioral disorder) counselor? This page will help you to find out more about it and to locate suitable online programs.

Substance abuse counselors (also called behavioral disorder counselors) help people who have problems with gambling, alcohol, drugs, substance abuse and eating disorders.  They help individuals to identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction.  This can be done on an individual basis, but it is frequently done in a group setting.  Counselors also conduct programs aimed at preventing addictions.  They often work evenings to counsel clients who work during the day.

Substance abuse courses help counselors to understand more about the issues and to assist people with their problems.  Most people study substance abuse at the bachelor or master levels, so you might also want to check the substance abuse masters programs.  Many prefer to study online because it gives them flexibility and control over their study program.  This page has links to online programs in the next section and to both online and on campus programs at the foot of the page.


Selected substance abuse online programs

Here are a few selected schools that offer substance abuse programs:


Other related programs

You may wish to look at the related areas listed below:


Substance abuse counselor career requirements

Substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors are generally governed by a different State agency or board than other counselors. The criteria for their licensure vary greatly and in some cases, these counselors may only need an associate's degree, but national certification as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) requires a master's degree in counseling, National Counselor Certification, and three years of clinical experience. Those interested in entering the field should research State requirements to determine what qualifications they must have.


What jobs do graduates get?

The American Psychological Association says that psychology is the third fastest-growing field in America requiring a college degree.  In the US,  after 5 years of experience a substance abuse counselor earns on average over $34,000 (


For more schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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