Addiction Studies Degree Program

Addiction Studies

Director: Daniel Duryea, Ph.D., CRC
Reno Hall, Room 242
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

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.

Earn your Addiction Studies Degree in Macomb County

In addition to the program being offered on the main campus (McNichols), the University of Detroit Mercy now offers the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies at the University Center in Macomb county.  For admission information, please contact Ms. Donna Gormely, Admissions, at 586.752.1094. 

2014-2015 Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship

Latesha Powell, Addiction Studies major at University of Detroit Mercy


Latesha Powell, Addiction Studies major, is the 2014-15 recipient of the Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship. The annual scholarship was made possible by a generous donation gifted to the Addiction Studies program. The endowed scholarship provides $5,000 annually 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.

Pictured from left: Dr. Nancy Calleja, Department Chair, Latesha Powell, Awardee, and Dr. Daniel Duryea, Program Director.

2014-15 Addiction Studies Honors Recipient - Sage Award

Jennifer Daugherty is the recipient of the 2014-15 Sage Award given to the Addiction Studies major based on the student's cumulative GPA.  Ms. Daugherty was 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" (

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 (51 credits)

ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies
3 credits
ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
3 credits
ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling 3 credits
ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy 3 credits
ADS 4430 Group Methods 3 credits
ADS 4440 Advanced Internship 3 credits
ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in
Treating Substance-Related Disorders
3 credits
BIO 1080 The Science of Life 3 credits
PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PYC 2600 Social Psychology 3 credits
STA 2250 Statistics 3 credits

Three of the following (9 credits):

ADS 4170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth
3 credits
ADS 4210 Process Disorders:
Gambling and Sexual Addiction
3 credits
ADS 4500 Prevention and Intervention
in Substance Abuse
3 credits
ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery 3 credits

One of the following (3 credits):

SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits

Program Recommendation

For students planning to do graduate work in counseling or psychology, three additional electives are recommended:

PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality
3 credits
PYC 3430 Health Psychology 3 credits
PYC 4070 Biopsychology 3 credits

Continued Matriculation/Graduation Requirements

A.) A grade of "C" must be earned in all courses required for the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.

B.) A student recovering from addiction that has a lapse or relapse while matriculating  is required to inform the program director so that a collaborative remediation plan can be arranged to insure that the student remains eligible for graduation.