Addiction Studies Program

Diablo Valley College's Addiction Studies Program will provide you with an understanding of various addictions and how to interact and help people who struggle with addiction. This is a great path for anyone interested in a career that helps others and gives back to the community. Read more. . .

Our Addiction Studies Program offers:  

  • an associate in science degree - addiction counseling
  • an associate in science degree - addiction studies
  • a certificate of achievement - addiction counseling
  • a certificate of achievement - addiction studies

You can learn more about the requirements in our catalog

We know that navigating degree requirements can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss which option is best for you. 

After completing a degree or certificate in addiction counseling, you may apply for additional credentials offered by the following state organizations:

Please note that each of these credentials require additional testing or hours in the field.

Earning any of the certificates or degrees in addiction studies, along with general education requirements, will also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. 

Career path/options:

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Community services worker
  • Addiction/prevention/intervention educator
  • 12 step group leader
  • DUI court worker

For more information on possible career options, please visit the Career Center, schedule an appointment with a counselor, or contact one of our faculty and staff members. Please note that you cannot meet with a counselor or staff member until you are enrolled at DVC. 

Diablo Valley College offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete listing, see certificates and degrees

Certificate and Degree Pathways

See what certificate, degree, career, and transfer opportunities are available. 

Courses and Class Schedule

Learn about required courses and when our classes are offered.

Faculty and Staff

Meet our dedicated faculty and staff.

Success Stories

Read about some of our alumni's success stories since graduating from the program.


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Contact Addiction Studies

Chair: Barbara Hewitt 
Telephone: 925-969-4253 
Email: BHewitt@dvc.edu
Office location: PS-263 Campus map