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Chemical Dependency Counseling

Interested in helping people with substance abuse issues? Prepare to become a chemical dependency counselor.


Median Hourly Earnings

Substance Abuse Counselor
822 Annual Job Openings projected through 2027
All wage and employment data is specific to the region and
taken from EMSI July 2023. Your starting salary may vary.

Wor-Wic’s chemical dependency counseling programs are designed for people who want to make a difference in the areas of addiction and recovery. Whether you want to enter the field with an associate degree, transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work or psychology or you already work in the field and want to earn an additional credential, we have opportunities for you.

Our chemical dependency counseling programs can be completed online. They meet the educational requirements of the Maryland Department of Health Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for certification as a certified supervised counselor–alcohol and drug (CSC-AD).

Degree & Certificate Programs

  • Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. Prepares you to become a certified supervised counselor–alcohol and drug (CSC-AD) in Maryland in as little as two years and provides a solid foundation for further study.
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate Provides students who have an associate degree or higher in a health or human services counseling field from a regionally-accredited college or university with specialized training in chemical dependency counseling.
Dr. Ryan Messatzzia, associate professor of social science, talks about what it’s like to work in the field of chemical dependency counseling.
Please contact us if you’d like additional information about our programs. If you’re ready to get started, apply today.

The Healthy Minds Collective

Wor-Wic has a student club dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and substance misuse topics, educating about healthy self-care strategies, decreasing stigma and encouraging a culture of inclusion on campus. The club meets monthly to discuss areas of interest, sponsors campus speakers and participates in wellness day and alcohol awareness activities.