Your choice to become an addiction counselor is more than simply a career. It's your calling.

Call 1-855-901-4398 to speak with an admissions specialist today.

Why addiction studies?

With jobs expected to grow 23% over the next decade, drug and alcohol counseling is among the fastest growing careers in the United States.* While job security is a great benefit, what really calls addiction counselors to their profession is a passion for helping others and giving back.

Perhaps you have a loved one who is struggling with a substance use disorder, or you have experienced the devastating impact of addiction on families and communities. Maybe you are in recovery yourself and know first-hand the power of counseling to transform and heal. There is no more crucial and fulfilling work you can choose —addiction counseling is truly an opportunity to save lives.

*U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics

Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice

Experience our premier on-campus co-occurring program built on a strong foundation in addiction studies. Clinical placements are guaranteed for all students who qualify for practicum and internship opportunities.

Online Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders

Design this online degree around your busy life. Our program of online curricula and clinical experience equips you with the skills and knowledge to treat individuals with addiction and co-occurring mental health and medical disorders.

Professional Development with Customized Courses

Improve your clinical skills and better serve your clients and their families by taking one or more specialized courses such as Grief and Recovery, Advanced Twelve Step Facilitation, Eating Disorders, and Co-Occurring Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

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Earn your master's degree in addiction counseling at Hazelden Betty Ford, and graduate prepared to help others reclaim their lives from addiction.

At the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, you will gain the skills and real-world training to excel in your career as an addiction counselor.

Combining evidence-based coursework and on-site clinical experiences, our programs give you the opportunity to learn from top experts at the nation's leading nonprofit addiction treatment center.

Our degree programs are designed to fit your life, with online and on-campus options, evening and weekend courses, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and part-time study options available.

Whether you're looking to advance in your career or just beginning to explore the addiction counseling field, we are here to help you reach your goals. Connect with us today to talk more about your options.


"There is a passion and drive that calls us to this work. I remember feeling that it wasn't an option to NOT be a counselor; I just knew this is what I was supposed to do."

Kat O., 2018 Graduate
Addiction Counselor
Hazelden Betty Ford