Alcohol and Drug Studies

Alcohol and Drug Studies Department

As a student in the Alcohol and Drug Studies program you will prepare to work with the alcohol and other drug dependent population, and the family and employer of the chemically dependent person. The program addresses community needs for trained alcohol and other drug specialists to work and volunteer in both public and private agencies in the Bay Area and across the State of California.


Career opportunities in this field include:

    • Primary Addiction Counselor/Supervisor
    • Case Manager
    • Program Director
    • Prevention Educator
    • Mental Health Dual Diagnosis Counselor
    • Crisis Intervention Specialist
    • Incarceration Counselor
    • Assessment/Placement Specialist


Other opportunities include working with adolescents, seniors, multicultural populations, and those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Students who are awarded a certificate may be employed by:

    • In-patient and out-patient treatment clinics
    • Mental health clinics
    • Job training/placement programs
    • Shelters for various homeless populations
    • Detoxification units
    • Crisis intervention centers
    • Criminal justice programs
    • DUI programs
    • Education/prevention programs in schools and community


Certificate of Achievement-Level 2
A.A. in Alcohol and Drug Studies
A.S. in Alcohol and Drug Studies


ADS 070-Introduction to Chemical Dependency
ADS 071-Pharmacology/Physiology of Addiction
ADS 072-Codependency & Family Dynamics
ADS 073-Case Management
ADS 074-Ethics and Personal and Professional Growth
ADS 075-Individual, Family, Group Counseling
ADS 076-Law and Prevention: Community Response
ADS 077A-Supervised Practicum A
ADS 077B-Supervised Practicum B
ADS 172- LAADC Codependency and Family Dynamics
ADS 173- LAADC Case Management
ADS 174-LAADC Ethics and Personal and Professional Growth
ADS 176-LAADC Law and Prevention: Community Response
ADS 177A-LAADC Supervised Practicum A
ADS 177B-LAADC Supervised Practicum B

Alcohol and Drug Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes

    •  Demonstrate competent performance of the Twelve Core Functions and Global Criteria in their Supervised Practicum placements, evidenced by written supervisor review in both Supervised Practicum A and B.
    • By the completion of the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program, students will clearly identify themselves as professional counselors, committed to the CADAC Ethical standards as evidenced by completion of the Ethics and Professional Developmental course, and the signed Ethics Code submitted in the Supervised Practicum A and B course.
    • Analyze and describe the physiological and pharmacological aspects of substance abuse and dependence. This includes how drugs affect different body system, cause side effects, and impacts the community as a whole.
    • Demonstrate the ability to competently conduct and follow a client from the point of program entry to discharge, and complete all treatment planning and case management connected to that case.


Mary Cook

Faculty, Alcohol & Drug Studies

(408) 448-0333


Certification and Licensing is obtained through the California Corsortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals.  Visit their website for more information:  CCAPP



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