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
    • Co-occurring Rehabilitation Counselor
    • Crisis Intervention Specialist
    • Criminal Justice Addiction 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
Addiction and Criminal Justice Certificate
Licensed Advanced Addiction Counseling Certificate
Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate
Substance Use Prevention Certificate
Peer Mentor Certificate (Fall 2018)


Peer Mentor Certificate (Fall 2018)
Recommend Guid085 Blueprint for Success
Recommend ADS 070 - Introduction to Chemical Dependency
ADS 074 Ethics and Personal and Professional Growth
ADS 138 Work Experience
ADS 90 Peer Advocacy and Wellness
ADS 78 Integrated Behavioral Health

ADS Certificate - CCAPP TRA CK 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 075A-Counseling Theories and Skills (Fall, 2018)
ADS 076-Law and Prevention: Community Response
ADS 079-Group Dynamics (Fall, 2018)
ADS 077A-Supervised Practicum A
ADS 077B-Supervised Practicum B

LAADC Certificate - Master's Degree in Psych or Social Work Level ONLY

ADS 170-LAADC Introduction to Chemical Dependency
ADS 171-LAADC Pharmacology of Addiction
ADS 172-LAADC Codependency and Family Dynamics
ADS 173-LAADC Case Management
ADS 174-LAADC Ethics and Personal and Professional Growth
ADS 175A-LAADC Counseling Theories and Skills (Fall 2018)
ADS 176-LAADC Law and Prevention: Community Response
ADS 177A-LAADC Supervised Practicum A
ADS 177B-LAADC Supervised Practicum BADS 138 - Work 

Addiction and Criminal Justice Certificate

​ADS 80​Addiction and Criminal Justice
​ADS 81​Criminal Justice System and Process for Addicted Offender
​ADS 82​Co-occurring Disorders in the Addicted Offender Population
​ADS 83​Treatment Issues and Interventions for the Addicted Offender


 Integrated​ Behavioral​ Health

​Psychology 010 Recommended​General Psychology
​ADS 070 ​Introduction to Chemical Dependency
​ADS 075A RecommendedCounseling Th​eories and Skills
​ADS 073 RecommendedCase Management​
​Psych 031 Recommended​​​Biological Psychology
​Psych 099Abnormal Psychology
​​ADS 078​Integrated Behavioral Health


Substance Use Prevention Certificate

​Recommend ADS070​Introduction to Chemical Dependency
​Recommend ADS071​Pharmacology of Addiction
​Recommend ADS074​Ethics and Personal Professional
ADSO85​Substance Use Prevention Program Evaluation
​ADS086​Prevention Education and Service Delivery
​ ADS087​Community Organization and Communication Strategies
​ADS​088​Public and Organizational Policy Development
​ ADS089​Overview of Core Functions of Addiction Treatment
ADS138​Work Experience


L​earning Outcomes

  • De​monstrate 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 Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE).  Visit their websites for more information

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