Addiction Studies Certificate (ADSC)

Addiction Studies Certificate (ADSC)

The Addiction Studies Certificate program prepares individuals to work in an entry-level position in a substance abuse program. Coursework includes training in how to assist individuals and families with a variety of issues arising from addiction problems. 

Students who successfully complete the certificate are eligible to seek credentialing as an Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant.

Students who complete the certificate and also complete an Associate of Arts degree with focus in social or behavioral sciences, or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human and Social Services, may seek credentialing as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC II).

Students who would like to pursue LCDC II licensure should meet with an academic advisor in the Humanities & Sciences Division for guidance and to learn more about additional credentialing requirements.

For more information, please contact the Humanities and Sciences Division at (513) 569-1700.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit the Admissions section of the College website.

Addiction Studies Certificate (ADSC)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective  101
ADC 100Drugs in Society 303
ENG 101English Composition 1 303
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology 303
ADC 105Addiction, Counseling, and Diversity 303
Semester 2  
ADC 115Ethics in Addiction Treatment 303
ADC 125Relapse, Treatment, and Prevention 303
XXX XXX Technical Elective  303
HSV 115Counseling and Interviewing Techniques 303
Semester 3  
ADC 200Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness 404
HSV 210Treatment Planning and Documentation 303
Total Credits:  32032


FYE Elective
FYE 100College Success Strategies: Overview1
FYE 105College Success Strategies: Overview and Application2
FYE 110College Success Strategies: Practice and Application3
FYE 120College Success Strategies: Campus Integration4
Technical Elective
HSV 215Group Work in Human Services4
HSV 220Family Theory and Services4
PSY 200Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 205Child Development3
PSY 210Adolescent Development3
PSY 215Adult Development3
PSY 220Social Psychology3
PSY 225Lifespan Development3
SWK 110Introduction to Social Work3

Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number-- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

  • This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
  • The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.


ADC 100 Drugs in Society
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Topics include: causes of drug abuse; and drug abuse prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs.
Prerequisites: None
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ADC 105 Addiction, Counseling, and Diversity
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A survey of addiction studies topics, emphasizing the importance of cultural competency in substance abuse counseling.
Prerequisites: FYE 120 or placement into ENG 101
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ADC 110 Pharmacology of Addiction
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on psychological and physiological effects of mood-altering substances. Topics include: physical and psychological characteristics of addiction; drug tolerance, dependency, and withdrawal; cross addictions; and drug interactions.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ADC 100 and ADC 105
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ADC 115 Ethics in Addiction Treatment
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on ethical and legal issues in the field of substance abuse counseling. Topics include: the counselor as a professional, values and helping relationships, client rights and counselor responsibilities, and ethics and cultural sensitivity.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ADC 100 and ADC 105
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ADC 120 Addiction Screening, Assessment, and Treatment
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on systematic approaches to addiction counseling. Topics include: making appropriate referrals, using community resources, collaborating in the counselor/client relationship, and planning and implementing treatment.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ADC 100 and ADC 105
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ADC 125 Relapse, Treatment, and Prevention
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on factors that influence relapse in drug and alcohol abuse, and best practices for preventing and treating relapse.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ADC 100 and ADC 105
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ADC 200 Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on co-occuring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and their impact on the individual, family, and community. Topics include: differential diagnosis of chemical dependency and mental disorders; assessment strategies; intervention approaches; and working with clients with dual disorders, including addicted trauma survivors.
Prerequisites: ADC 105
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Program Chair/Advisor

Nicholas Balle, MSW, LSW

Humanities and Sciences Division Advising

(513) 569-1700