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About the CCPS Addiction Studies Minor

The minor in Addiction Studies provides an understanding of various addictions, the impact of addiction on biological, psychological, intellectual, and socioemotional functioning, how to assess and counsel people who struggle with addiction, and professional codes of ethics.

The minor in Addiction Studies is designed for students who seek to better understand substance use disorders and behavioral addictions, such as activities involving gambling, gaming, social media use, or eating. It is also designed for students preparing for employment in addiction prevention programs and services, to include drug and alcohol treatment counseling, peer mentoring, and case management services.

Students interested in becoming substance abuse counselors must complete other educational and service requirements in order to become certified in the state of Missouri. In addition to field experience, candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, to include 15 or more semester hours of coursework drawn from the fields of counseling, criminal justice, psychology, sociology or social work. At Drury, students interested in becoming substance abuse counselors are encouraged to pursue the B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health, B.S. in Human Services, B.S. in Psychology, or B.S. in Sociology.


The Addiction Studies minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. 

PSYC 120: Principles of Psychology
3 credit hours

This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.

PSYC 234: Drugs and Behavior
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120. An examination of psychoactive drugs and their impact on society. Biological, psychological and social aspects of drug use are considered as well as implications for social policy.

PSYC 375: Psychology of Addiction Issues
3 credit hours

This course will examine the etiology of addictive processes, as well as the impact of addiction on biological, psychological, intellectual, and socioemotional functioning. Cross-cultural aspects of substance misuse, abuse, and dependence are also addressed.

PSYC 382: Assessment of Addiction Issues
3 credit hours

This course will evaluate standardized instruments, assessment tools, and diagnostic strategies designed for the identification of addiction issues. Strategies to identify coexisting conditions, appropriate treatment approaches, and referral to programs and services are also examined.

PSYC 383: Strategies for Counseling Addiction
3 credit hours

This course will examine theories, treatment modalities, and prevention strategies that pertain to counseling addiction issues. The therapeutic value of community support groups, such as 12-Step programs, is also examined.

CRIM 381: Ethics and Legal Issues of Forensic Addiction
3 credit hours

This course examines ethical parameters of addiction issues, to include professional codes of ethics, relevant constitutional law, and federal confidentiality regulations. An overview of the court systems and their role in dealing with forensic addiction is also provided.