Addiction Studies

About Us


Addiction Studies is a multidisciplinary program that provides university-level education valuable for students in all disciplines, particularly those students interested in alcohol/drug prevention and treatment and careers in health, business and industry, criminal justice, and human services.

Why Study at Eastern?

Addiction Studies is a multidisciplinary program that provides a valuable education for students with diverse backgrounds.


Affordable Education

You don't have to sacrifice quality to get an education you can afford.

NAADAC Approved

Addiction Studies is an Approved Academic Education Provider through NAADAC.

Strong Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an average job growth of 23% for addiction counselors through 2026.


What You Will Learn


  • Alcohol/drug prevention and treatment
  • How to become aware and critical of your own and others’ assumptions
  • How to redefine social problems from a different perspective
  • How individual behavior can affect the community

For further information and course listings, please visit the course catalog.

EWU's Addiction Studies strives to provide opportunities for those who are interested in careers in health, business and industry, criminal justice, and human services.

Our Mission


Addiction Studies fosters the concept of Transformative Learning following the basic tenet: you cannot change anyone but yourself. Addiction Studies strives to provide opportunities for students to become aware and critical of their own and others’ assumptions and to recognize frames of reference using their sociological imaginations to redefine problems from a different perspective. As we change the way we react and behave in our environments, others around us may also be transformed, thereby enhancing community consciousness.

Careers in Addiction Studies

The Addiction Studies curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of occupational possibilities:


Addiction Counselor
Detox Specialist
Prevention Specialist
Mental Health Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor