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Substance Addiction Assistant

Academic Division of Professional Programs

The Quincy College Substance Addiction Assistant Certificate program is a three course, 9 credit online program that introduces students to theories of addiction, assessments, social policies, treatment planning, and community organizations. This program consists of three courses:

  • Addiction Counseling (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Substance Addiction (3 Credits)
  • Substance Addiction and Older Adults (3 Credits)

Students who complete the program will be able to perform the duties of:

  • Adult Daycare Workers
  • Case Management Aides
  • Counseling or Social Service Assistants
  • Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Technicians
  • Eligibility Interviewers for Government Programs
  • Human Service Assistant
  • Substance Addiction & Behavioral Disorder Counselors Assistant

Students who complete the Substance Addiction Assistant certificate program meet the education portion for licensing at the LADC Assistant level. Students are expected to complete additional requirements to sit for the licensing exams. Credits earned can be transferred into an associate degree.


Students must meet Quincy College admission requirements. High school diploma or HiSET/GED required.

Program Cost

This program costs $5,800 which includes tuition cost, college fees and books. Qualified clients can receive full funding from MassHire Career Centers. Program meets unemployment criteria.

This program is being offered in collaboration with MassHire South Shore Career Center and Quincy College.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Kate Lopci, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development


Professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state. This program of study may lead to professional licensure or certification in states outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Licensure and certification in one state do not guarantee automatic licensure in another state. Students who are interested in enrolling into this program of study, and reside outside of Massachusetts, should check their state educational requirements for licensure or certification. For more information, please visit our SARA Professional Licensure Disclosure page

Substance Addiction Assistant Courses
    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • HSV 205
    • Substance Addiction Counseling
    • 3
    This course covers a variety of techniques and strategies in the successful understanding, treatment, and assessment of chemical addictions. Students will be taught causation including physiological and behavioral consequences, as well as prevention, intervention, and treatment methods from a systems approach. Students will use social work theories to evaluate programs and treatment models. Additional topics include substance abuse in: society, multiple life span stages and diverse population groups.
    • HSV 251
    • Introduction to Substance Addiction Studies
    • 3
    An introduction to the psychological, physical, and sociological factors in chemical dependence and abuse. Emphasis is on the history of the chemical problem, pharmacological aspects, different programs, student’s attitudes, and addiction in America.
    • HSV 114
    • Substance Addiction and Older Adults
    • 3
    This course provides students with an overall view of Substance Addiction among older adults. Instructors will outline best practices for identifying, screening, assessing, and treating the abuse of alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs in the older adult population. Emphasis will be on addressing the greater toll of the misuse and addiction of alcohol and other drugs and the psychosocial issues that are unique to the older adult.

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