Substance abuse remains a problem for individuals, families, schools and businesses. Ashland University’s addictions counseling programs focus on preparing you for recovery work that centers around people suffering from substance use disorders and their affected families.

Ashland University offers a minor in addictions studies for students pursuing any bachelor’s degree. The minor, in addition to a degree in psychology, criminal justice, social work, biology or nursing, fulfills the educational requirement for a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III (LCDC III) in Ohio.

We also offer an Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Addictions Studies that fulfills the educational requirement for the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC II) in Ohio. In the first two addictions studies courses, a student will obtain all educational hours for their Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant credentials (CDCA), preliminary and renewable, to immediately start working in the addictions field.

The department also collaborates with community agencies to provide internship opportunities for students interested in the recovery professions. Our programs provide a quality educational base to prepare students for a career in addictions counseling.


Student presenting in Addictions Studies class


Certificates and Licenses

Contact Information

Alisha Dennis-Brinson, D.Min., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Gerber Academic Center, Seminary