Colleges Offer Addiction Science Programs So Students Can Help Tackle Drug Addiction

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Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA), with a student.

Dr. Witte with a student minoring in Addiction and Recovery. Photo by Genna Jones, UA CHES.

Have you ever thought about a career in Addiction Science? Many teens across the country are interested in learning more about this field so they can tackle one of America's most challenging problems. Some colleges and universities are offering academic training in addiction to help support students with this career goal.

Because of the growing demand for qualified professionals in the field of Addiction Science, UA’s College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES) offers an academic minor in Addiction and Recovery to students interested in learning more about the field. Many of the students in this minor plan to go on to become doctors, nurses, counselors, or researchers to help individuals and families struggling with this powerful problem and to challenge the stigma of addiction.

Students in the minor learn how addiction develops and persists over time, and they learn about prevention, intervention, and recovery as well. Students receive the most accurate and up-to-date information about addiction and recovery so they can become true leaders in the field. In fact, our students read many of the resources developed by NIDA!

Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA).
 
Dr. Tricia Witte. Photo by Teresa Golson, Office of Information Technology, UA

There are many opportunities for people to become licensed or certified in many areas, such as addiction counseling or addiction prevention. In several states, you can get a certification with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Visit the UA website to learn more about the minor and be sure to click on the Student Profile link to meet our students! You can also check with other colleges you’re interested in attending to see if they offer similar programs.

To hear more about high school kids who are already involved in addiction science, check out NIDA's Addiction Science Awards.

Dr. Tricia Witte obtained a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas. She is a licensed psychologist and she coordinates the minor in Addiction and Recovery at the University of Alabama.

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