Addictions Option A.A.S.

Abby Jackson

What Is Human Services – Addiction Services?

This degree provides opportunities for students interested in obtaining knowledge and skills specific to working with people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders and other behavior problems, with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Students acquire knowledge of current strategies to serve individuals, families, communities, plus educational, legal and geopolitical systems experiencing problems related to a wide variety of addictions and behavior disorders.

Through this program students will learn individual, family and group counseling techniques, as well as assessment, treatment planning, prevention and other topics related to addiction. Students also acquire knowledge of aftercare support to respond to addiction which is the number one public health issue in the U.S. today, according to the National Association for Addiction Professionals. With this degree, students have the educational foundation to successfully meet the growing demand for professionals as addiction services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.

Human service professionals with an Addictions Option A.A.S. degree provide treatment and support to help people recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors. They also teach families to develop coping strategies for addiction or behavior disorders; refer clients to resources including job placement and support groups; and conduct outreach programs to identify the signs of destructive behavior, as well as how to avoid such behavior.  

People interested in this program should enjoy working with people. They should possess good verbal and oral communications and problem-solving skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others. 

Occupational Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of addiction professionals will grow by nearly 31 percent through 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Human Services Careers – Addiction Services

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in addiction services are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: alcoholism education counselor, alcohol and drug abuse assistance coordinator, case worker, early intervention service coordinator, house parent, substance abuse specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of settings, such as treatment programs, out-patient centers, schools, law enforcement, businesses, community mental health centers and private practice.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working as substance abuse counselors or mental health and substance abuse social work occupations earn an average between $33,710-36,970 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Degree Name: Addictions Option A.A.S.
Degree or Program: Human Service
Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree

This program provides students with a basic social science framework and perspective for pursuing a career in human services. The program also provides currently employed human services workers the opportunity to upgrade their skills.

General Education Requirements: 24-25
Mathematics Mat 105 or higher

Applied Math or higher


Communication ENG 101
ENG 125
SPE 101

English Composition I
Business Writing
Oral Communication 



Social Science

HIS 101 or
HIS 102 or
HIS 115 or
HIS 270 or
POL 101 or
POL 102

U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
U.S. History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government


Natural Science


Humanities Any Humanities 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3

HMS 101 Theories and Skills 3
HMS 102 Policy and Politics 3
  HMS 103 Addictive Disease Concepts 3
HMS 104 Treatment-Alcohol and Drug Abuse 3
  HMS 201 Human Services Practicum I* 3
HMS 202 Human Services Practicum II* 3
HMS 203 Human Services Practicum Seminar I 3
HMS 204 Human Services Practicum Seminar II 3
HMS 298 Human Services Capstone 1
CRJ 230 Crisis Intervention 3
CRJ 205 OR
Juvenile Justice System OR
Special Topics in Human Services/Criminal Justice
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

*Practicum oriented toward option area.

For more information, call 636-922-8241.

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Abby Jackson

“I was raised around educators and knew from an early age I had a passion for helping others.”

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Program Contact

Sylvia Malta

Office Info

Office Hours

7:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Office Location

Social Sciences Building, Room 1104

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