Addiction Counseling

Program Description

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Through Minneapolis College’s Addiction Counseling Program, the oldest in the state of Minnesota, you will receive hands-on training and excellent training from experienced faculty that will ground you in the fundamentals of counseling. This program, which emphasizes the importance of interpersonal and cross-cultural communications, prepares you for Minnesota Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure.


  • Addiction Counseling at Minneapolis College has a rich, 40-year history and is one of the country’s oldest counseling programs. It is the oldest program in Minnesota.
  • The program touts diverse faculty members, all with years of experience in addiction counseling.
  • The program enjoys a tremendous statewide reputation, with graduates now working in practically every treatment center in Minnesota.
  • When you graduate, you will be ready for the addiction counseling field in entry-level positions or you can choose to transfer to a four-year program.

Student Profiles

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

Addiction counseling careers will grow at a much faster than average pace—by up to 21 percent nationally through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Two factors behind the growth: new laws that send substance abusers to treatment programs rather than to jail, and a growing societal understanding about addiction, which is leading more people to seek treatment.

Potential Job Titles

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Note: An associate degree in Addiction Counseling will allow graduates to apply for a temporary permit to work in the field for no more than five years until a bachelor’s degree is obtained.
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Assessment Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Chemical Dependency Professional
  • Clinical Counselor
  • Clinician
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Where You Could Work

  • You will be prepared to work at any Rule 31 Chemical Dependency Treatment provider in Minnesota.
  • Potential workplaces include hospitals, clinics and residential and non-residential facilities.