Addiction Studies: be part of the solution.

Addiction counselors work to improve – and save – lives. Whether you are seeing patients addicted to opioid drugs, or working with a specific population like teens or veterans, you’ll know that you are making a difference every day.

Addiction Studies is an evolving field in which you’ll work with and support people who are experiencing problems with addiction. If you are a good listener, patient with others, and compassionate in helping people confront – and solve – their problems, you may have a fulfilling future as an addiction counselor.

Brookdale’s program is designed as the first step on this path; one you’ll continue when you transfer from Brookdale to a four year college or university Bachelor’s degree program.

Our program is a blend of classroom courses you’ll need, and over 250 hours of clinical experience in local hospitals, clinics, mental health centers, and social service agencies.

Once you complete the Addiction Studies A.A.S. program, you will have fulfilled the academic competencies for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential awarded by the State of New Jersey. For more information on this, visit


What’s the employment outlook?

Employment of substance abuse counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling.

New Jersey is the 4th highest paying state in this field with a 2016 mean salary of $53,490. The NY-NJ Metropolitan area employs more counselors than any other part of the US. (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Interested in learning more? Just fill out the form on the right. To ask specific questions or arrange a visit, contact:

Nicole Jackson Walker
Assistant Professor
Psychology and Human Services Department
Business and Social Science Institute

Office: Main Academic North (MAN)
Phone: 732-224-1816

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