Minor in Addiction and Recovery

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences offers an academic minor in Addiction and Recovery. This minor takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding addiction and recovery. Students will examine both chemical (e.g., alcohol dependency) and behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling, eating, spending, Internet/gaming) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the causes of and treatments for addictive behaviors as well as the impact of addiction on individuals and families. Students will also learn about the process of recovery from addiction.

*Student Profiles: Meet some of the students in the minor!*

The curriculum:

  • This curriculum incorporates many of the resources, materials, and content developed or promoted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA; www.drugabuse.gov) and other leading experts in the field. Here are some examples:
  • Click here to read one of NIDA’s resources explaining addiction as a brain disease.
  • Click here to read one of NIDA’s prevention publications.
  • Click here to read one of NIDA’s publications about evidence-based treatments.

The benefits of this minor:

This minor will provide supplemental training for students preparing for a wide variety of jobs in counseling agencies, outpatient clinics, hospitals, employee assistance programs, schools, nonprofit agencies, governmental agencies, rehab programs, and the criminal justice system. Students majoring in human development, social work, psychology, education, criminal justice, health sciences, and nursing would benefit from this minor, as would those planning to attend medical school, law school, or graduate school in counseling, social work, psychology, or marriage and family therapy.

This minor is especially beneficial for any student planning to work as an addiction counselor after graduation. Certification opportunities for addictions counseling are available in Alabama and throughout the nation, and some of the coursework in this minor may be applied toward the educational requirements for certification in Alabama. According to the US Department of Labor, the 10-year growth pattern for the job market for counselors specializing in addiction is faster (27%) than the average rate of growth for all other jobs (14%). More information about the certification process can be found at the websites for the Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (www.aadaa.us) and the Alabama Association of Addiction Counselors (http://www.naadac.org/component/staff/?StateID=AL).

The required courses (6 courses total):

  1. HD 210 Understanding Addiction
  2. HD 302 Adolescence
  3. HD 345 Addiction and the Family
  4. HD 350 Addiction: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
  5. Choose one of the following:
    • HHE 378 Drug Awareness Education
    • SW 414 Chemical Dependency
  6. Choose one of the following:
    • HD 405 Policy Issues: Family and Addiction
    • CSM 424 Addiction and Dysfunction in Money Management
    • PY 358 Abnormal Psychology
    • CJ 240 Juvenile Delinquency
    • CSM 204 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning

The application form:

Students interested in this minor should fill out the application form, review it with their advisor, and then submit it to Dr. Tricia Witte in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (Box 4870160; twitte@ches.ua.edu).

The learning outcomes for this minor:

Upon successful completion of the minor in Addiction and Recovery, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the biological, developmental, social (family, peers, etc.), psychological, and cultural factors that play a role in the development and continuation of addiction (HD210)
  2. Describe current research on addiction (HD210)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of both chemical (e.g., drugs) and behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling, internet/gaming, eating, spending) (HD210)
  4. Describe the physical, behavioral, psychological, social, and health effects of various drugs (HHE378 or SW414)
  5. Discuss the adolescent stage of development, including how adolescents are vulnerable to becoming addicted to substances and/or behaviors (HD302)
  6. Describe evidence-based prevention models for substance misuse and addictive behaviors (HD210 and HD350)
  7. Discuss several evidence-based interventions for addictive behaviors (HD350)
  8. Recognize important diversity considerations for service provision (HD350)
  9. Describe the process of recovery from addiction (HD210 and HD350)
  10. Describe the role of family in the development, maintenance, and consequences of addiction as well as their role in the process of recovery (HD345)
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of at least one of the following areas:
    1. addictive and dysfunctional behaviors related to money management (e.g., problem gambling, compulsive spending, etc.) (CSM424)
    2. mental and behavioral disorders that often co-occur with addictive disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder) (PY358)
    3. legal and/or policy issues that are often related to substance abuse and addiction (e.g., the juvenile court system, delinquent behaviors, prevention/intervention programs for adolescents, family policy) (HD405 or CJ240)
    4. basic financial literacy, which could be useful for counseling individuals and families in recovery (CSM204)

Contact us:

If you have any questions about this minor, please email Dr. Tricia Witte (twitte@ches.ua.edu) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.