Many students have an interest in becoming a professional addiction counselor in a variety of social or work settings. Allied health professionals such as social workers, nurses, marriage and family therapists often benefit substantially from developing specialized addiction skills to better assist the individuals with whom they work.
A commitment to become a full-time counselor is not necessary for course enrollment. However, a strong desire to study the chemical dependency field is essential. A college degree is not required, but students must posses a high school diploma or equivalent.