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Addiction Studies

Is addiction studies right for you?
Being an addictions counselor can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be stressful. Rewards include helping clients and families improve their health, well-being, and prevent future generations from experiencing similar problems. Challenges include large workloads, high demand for services, and limited resources. You may have to intervene in crisis situations and work with agitated clients. The techniques and skills necessary to cope with these situations are taught at Minot State University.

What do addiction counselors do?
Addiction counselors work in a variety of settings, such as mental health centers, hospitals, prisons, private practice, and research institutions. Working closely with psychologists, psychiatrists, and the legal system, addiction counselors work to prevent and treat addiction disorders. Working one-on-one and in group sessions, you help clients:
  • Understand addiction and develop strategies to maintain a sober lifestyle
  • Learn how to cope with stress and life’s problems
  • Rebuild professional relationships and reestablish careers
  • Improve personal relationships with family and friends

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Coursework and research opportunities
Addiction studies majors take general studies core classes, psychology classes, and courses from other disciplines to provide a broader understanding of addiction and treatment. You will study the physiological effects of drug use, the dynamics of addiction, treatment methods, and receive practical experience in addiction counseling. Faculty members may call on you to assist with addictions research.
A nine month supervised clinical experience is required for addiction counselor licensing in North Dakota. You’ll receive internship opportunities in inpatient hospital and outpatient addiction treatment settings and a residential treatment center for adolescents. Graduates who complete their internships are eligible to take the state licensure exam.
Employment outlook
Employment of addiction counselors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations in 2020. The highest demand, 44 percent higher than average for most jobs, is expected in residential mental health and substance abuse facilities.
Get involved
As an addiction studies major, you’re invited to join the Psychology & Addiction Studies Club (PASK) to help build a rewarding life outside the classroom.
Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology, and Social Work
Our faculty members are sought after for their scholarly expertise and contributions to the community. They have both the academic training and real-world experiences to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective addictions counselor. Faculty members are involved in research related to addictions and are actively involved in state licensure and setting national standards for addiction studies education.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.