According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the "abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care." However, the cost of abuse pales in comparison to the number of lives lost each year. In Pennsylvania in 2018 alone, there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths reported.*
There is a critical need for substance abuse and addictions counselors to provide support and guidance to those in need. Become a part of the solution to this national crisis by taking courses in Villanova's Addiction Studies program.
- Addiction Studies: Take individual courses or enroll in the full certificate program
- Recovery Specialist Certificate
Note: All Villanova Addiction Studies courses are approved education hours by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). Students can apply courses and hours to a variety of PCB certifications or use the education hours towards recertification.**
*NIDA. 2020, May 1. Pennsylvania: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/pennsylvania-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms on 2020, July 17
**Students who intend to take a course online in order to earn a PCB certification should check with the PCB to confirm the education hours will be approved.
Important Notices for Prospective and Current Students Enrolling in Online Courses or Programs
The following includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.
VALUE OF A PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM:
Enhance your resume.
Professional education classes enable you to add new skills, expertise, or credentials to your resume and make you even more valuable to your employer.
Expand your professional network.
Communicating and building relationships with your classmates and instructors can open new doors in your career.
Learn from industry experts.
All programs are taught by instructors who have worked or who are currently working in the field, and who are able to share practical applications and real world examples of topics in the course.