Undergraduate Degree

Addiction Studies

Director: Daniel Duryea, Ph.D., CRC
Reno 242
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221-3038
313-578-0413
duryeadg@udmercy.edu

Addiction Studies is the disciplined study of evidence based methods for the prevention and treatment of individuals and their families who have substance and process related disorders (e.g., gambling, sexual addiction). Addiction Studies majors see themselves as catalysts, that is, agents who help to accelerate change. They bridge the gap between their own experience and that of their clients. They seek to find in the sciences, arts, and professional studies ways of reaching people who are struggling and supporting them as they learn to take charge of their own lives. They work cooperatively with many professions to change the structures of society which support addictive behavior. Addiction Studies majors come from diverse walks of life, employment histories, and personal experiences.

Addiction Studies majors become good listeners, clear writers, introspective, and critical thinkers. They become advocates for their clients and programs, and remain open to new ideas and methods as the field continues to evolve.

2013-2014 Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship

Amber Kilanowski, Addiction Studies major, is the 2013-14 recipient of the Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship. The annual scholarship was made possible by a generous donation gifted to the Addiction Studies program. The scholarship program provides $5,000 in tuition remission to an Addiction Studies major during his/her sophomore or junior year. As a competitive need-based scholarship program, the scholarship provides significant financial assistance to students pursuing a degree in Addiction Studies.

Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship

(from left: Daniel G. Duryea, Director, Addiction Studies Program, Amber Kilanowski, UDM student, and Nancy G. Calleja, Chair, Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies)

2013-14 Addiction Studies Honors Recipient - Sage Award

Senior Karyn M. McCarty is the recipient of the 2013-14 Sage Award given to the Addiction Studies major based on the student's cumulative GPA.  Ms. McCarty is pursuing double majors in Addiction Studies and Psychology.  She will be formally presented with her award by Dr. Daniel Duryea, Director of Addiction Studies, at the Honors Convocation held at Gesu church in March.  

Internship in Addiction Studies

Internship placements are an important part of the Addiction Studies curriculum. Internships provide students the opportunity to apply what has been learned in the classroom in real world settings. This begins students' professional development, in addition to providing the occasion to develop one's own style and approach to helping others in preparation for employment after graduation. Placements include hospitals, residential programs, family counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers.

Internship Sites

Over 30 addiction prevention, referral, and treatment agencies throughout Southeast Michigan and Southern Ontario are affiliated with the University for field placements in Addiction Studies.

Career Opportunities

A majority of Addiction Studies graduates already employed in the addiction treatment field are accepted into graduate school or both by the time they earn their Bachelor’s degree. While the focus of the program is addiction and process disorder treatment, many students obtain a sub-specialty and employment as treatment program administrators, prevention specialists, consultants, and drug educators. According to the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook , "job opportunities should be favorable as job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs" (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos067.htm).

Students can conveniently pursue the Bachelor of Science on a part-time or a full-time basis. Transfer and professional experiential credit will shorten the program. Courses are scheduled evenings to accommodate the working student.

The B.S. curriculum satisfies the prerequisites for the M.A. in Addiction Counseling, M.A. in Community Counseling and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at UDM, as well as the education and internship requirements for the Certified Addictions Counselor credential (CAC) awarded by the State of Michigan.

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science 52 cr.
ADS 1000 Introduction to Substance Abuse - 3 cr.
ADS 1200 Assessment, Referral, and Treatment Methods - 3 cr.
ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling - 3 cr.
ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy - 3 cr.
ADS 4430 Group Methods - 3 cr.
ADS 4440 Internship - 3 cr.
ADS 4950 Addictive Populations - 3 cr.
BIO 1080 The Science of Life - 3 cr.
PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology - 3 cr.
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology - 3 cr.
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology - 3 cr.
PYC 2600 Social Psychology - 3 cr.
STA 2250 Statistics - 3 cr.

Three of the following: 9 cr.
ADS 4170 Chemical Dependence and Youth
ADS 4210 Gambling and Sexual Addiction
ADS 4470 Employee Assistance Programming
ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery

One of the following: 3 cr.
SW 2000 Introduction to Social Work
CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Continued Matriculation/ Graduation Requirements

  1. A grade of "C" must be earned in all courses required for the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  2. Students recovering from addiction who experience a failure in abstinence while in the program will be expected to demonstrate two years sobriety once again in order to continue matriculation and to graduate.