Addiction Counseling Technician

Addiction Counseling Technician Diploma Program

100% of the program is online

What is an Addiction Counseling Technician?

An Addiction Counseling Technician is someone who conducts individual therapy, provides emotional support and sets achievable goals for those suffering from substance abuse. They represent an extremely important role in the recovery process from alcohol and drug abuse and develop close ties with their patients as they navigate the various stages of addiction. Addiction Counseling Technicians are often called simply Addiction Counselors or Substance Abuse Counselors.

Anyone who knows someone with alcohol or drug addiction, knows the power these substances have over individuals. According to the Surgeon General, 1 in 7 individuals will suffer from substance addiction at some point in their life and an Addiction Counseling Technician is there every step of the way for those seeking to overcome their addiction.1

What Career Options Are Available In Addiction Counseling?

Addiction Counseling is a broad field with many different career paths. Some of these career options include becoming a Mental Health Technician for an Addiction Center or serving as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a hospital environment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they estimate a 15% increase in these positions between 2018 and 2028 in the U.S.2 Addiction counselors are in demand across the country at treatment clinics, detox centers, hospitals, sober residences, schools and correctional facilities and with each passing year, the need continues to grow.

This growing need is especially true in the Illinois area. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “In Illinois, nearly 80% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018—a total of 2,169 fatalities (a rate of 17.0)."3

How Do I Become An Addiction Counseling Technician?

Rockford Career College offers a pathway for those interested in becoming Addiction Counselors. In as little as 9 months, students can earn their Addiction Counseling Technician Diploma and start their career in this important and rewarding field. The objectives of the Addiction Counseling Technician program are to provide students with an academic foundation for a career in addiction counseling services. The skills learned can be applied in many settings including residential and outpatient counseling programs, employee wellness programs and hospital detox facilities. The overall objective of this academic program of study is to provide the student with both the academic and practical skills required for employment in a variety of settings in the addiction counseling field.  A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for everyone (1) hour of lecture.  Upon successful completion of this accredited program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students can seek or obtain entry level employment as an addiction counselor or in an addiction counselor related field.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 90 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.

We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.

We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.

We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Job Opportunities:

Ms. Bell stated that someone who had the background that this program will provide and was certified would be very desirable to hire.  
Deborah Bell   
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Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 9 months


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100% of the program is online

After you complete the Addiction Counseling Technician Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Healthcare Administration Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 16 months total to get an associate degree.

1 (visited December 23, 2019).
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, on the Internet at (visited June 23, 2020).
3Ohio Opioid Summary.  (2019 March).  Retrieved from


At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

• Learn and apply theories of addiction, substance assessment, and counseling techniques.
• Practice an understanding of diversity and tolerance for others. Apply ethics and boundary considerations when working and interacting with people in addiction counseling.
• Gain counseling skills including motivational interviewing.
• Understand the neurobiology of addiction, family addiction dynamics, and special population considerations in addiction counseling.
• Demonstrate knowledge of group process, case management, crisis intervention, trauma and recovery, and vocational rehabilitation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they estimate a 15% increase in these positions between 2018 and 2028 in the U.S.1


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, on the Internet at (visited June 23, 2020)