Substance Use and Recovery

Certificate – 37 credit hours


Program Information & Course List

Purpose:  The Certificate in Substance Use and Recovery prepares students to test to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Maine. Students will become familiar with substance use and the skills necessary to support individuals seeking various pathways to recovery. Students will learn their role as a contributing member to a treatment team, including screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning.  This one-year certificate will provide students the opportunity to certify in the state of Maine as Alcohol and Drug Counselors and will also provide a path to continue on to complete and Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services.

Career Opportunities: The Certificate in Substance Use and Recovery is designed to prepare students to take the State of Maine test to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Both statewide and nationally substance use counselors are needed, and it is currently considered a high-growth field. Locally, Washington County has several agencies who hire Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, including Discovery House, Groups: Recover Together, and AMHC.

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services the graduate is prepared to: 

  1. Students will demonstrate understand types of substances and their physiological, behavioral, and emotional impact. 
  2. Students will have knowledge of different counseling theories and their applications in treatment and treatment planning. 
  3. Students will be able to assess, diagnose and treatment plan with individuals with substance use disorders. 
  4. Students will understand a variety of treatment interventions and settings for substance use disorders and people with co-occurring disorders. 
  5. Students will understand the role of the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor as a contributing member of the treatment team. 

Substance Use and Recovery Program Contact

Elizabeth Sullivan
Human Services Instructor


The Substance Use and Recovery program requires completion of the Student Disclosure of Criminal Convictions, Pending Criminal Charges and Certain Disqualifications. Completion of this form does not automatically deny admission to the program. Prospective applicants will meet with the Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services to review information.