Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Turning Around Lives

Alcohol and Drug Counseling discussion group

Counselors in training in PCC's Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program

Addiction negatively impacts the lives of millions of people and the devastation it unleashes affects every level of society. According to the 2011 Oregon Research Brief on Addiction Treatment Effectiveness, substance abuse costs Oregonians 5.93 billion annually and about 1 out of 8 Oregonians (12 and older) has used an illegal drug in the last 30 days. In 2012, Oregon had the highest rate of non-medical use of prescription pain relievers in the nation (The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2012) and that year there were 346 reported deaths due to drug abuse. That same year, Oregon ranked higher than average in alcohol and illicit drug abuse and dependency. Treatment and prevention for addiction are essential to help reduce the huge costs that addiction exacts.

Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022. Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation (www.qualityinfo.org.)

Why Study at PCC?

Portland Community College’s Alcohol and Drug Counselor program is the single largest addiction counselor education venue in the state. Counselors trained in our program make an invaluable contribution to the health of Oregonians. The program provides students with the skills necessary to begin work as a counselor in the public or private sector, working to help turn around lives devastated by addiction.

Flexible, Effective, Up-to-Date

Our Alcohol and Drug Counseling program provides courses for new students and for professionals seeking to update their skills. With a curriculum uniquely designed for those already working who wish to work with the addicted population our program offers methods and courses that are current with today’s treatment models.

Addiction Recovery Mentor

The course AD 107 Addiction Recovery Mentor is an open enrollment course available to all students. It counts as an elective option for the AAS Degree. Students who complete this course, who also identify as being in recovery and who have two years of continuous sobriety, are eligible to become Certified Recovery Mentors. This is an emerging career opportunity in the Addiction field that currently has a large number of job openings.

Degrees and Awards

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Addiction Studies Certificate

See the catalog for information regarding program requirements.

What's Next?

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  1. Attend an information session
  2. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. Your major will be changed once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  3. Plan how you'll pay for college
  4. Apply for the Alcohol and Drug Counseling program