Addiction Studies Minor


The minor in Addiction Studies is intended for undergraduate students who are:

  • majoring in a helping profession, for example, psychology, social work or human services and/or students aiming to expand their employment opportunities; or
  • majoring in nursing or health services administration, where knowledge about addiction can increase understanding of the need for prevention and treatment, and to sensitize medical personnel to the deleterious consequences resulting from untreated addiction, for example, increased morbidity, mortality and medical costs.

The minor in Addiction Studies totals 21 credit hours.

Addiction Counseling Certification

The State of Michigan awards the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential (CADC). Employment opportunities are enhanced for graduates who submit a development plan to the State of Michigan after graduation. Additional requirements (examination and clinical hours) are the responsibility of the graduate.

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    The curriculum has three components:

    1. A Core of Four Required Courses (12 credits):

    • ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies (3 credits)
    • ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
    • ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling (3 credits)
    • ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy (3 credits)

    2. Two Elective Courses from the Following (6 credits):

    • ADS 4170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth (3 credits)
    • ADS 4210 Process Disorders: Gambling and Sexual Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 4430 Group Methods (3 credits)
    • ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery (3 credits)
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)

    3. A clinical component totaling at least 3 credits to be fulfilled as a field placement of 300 hours; or for a non-clinical minor, students may choose a third ADS elective from the list above in place of the internship.

    Total Credit Hours: 21


    Admission Requirements

    1. Admission to undergraduate studies at Detroit Mercy.
    2. Interview with the Addiction Studies Program director.
    3. Filing of program application to designate an Addiction Studies minor to appear on the student’s official transcript.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC

Reno Hall, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0436
Fax: 313-578-0507

Department Website