Human Services Technology - Addiction and Recovery Services

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Drug and alcohol addiction affects the lives of not just the person with the dependencies, but the lives of everyone around them. In the Addiction and Recovery Studies concentration of the Human Services Technology program, you will learn to assist people struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community-based programs and counseling in residential facilities.

Through course work focusing on chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, and intervention and follow-up techniques, you will learn what's needed to start a career as a substance abuse counselor, DUI counselor, halfway house worker, residential facility employee or substance education specialist. With educational and clinical experiences, you may obtain certification from the North Carolina Substance Abuse Board.

In addition to preparing you for several career options, you may also choose to apply your earned credits to transfer programs at a senior public or private institution.


Courses for this A.A.S. degree program are offered day, evening, online and/or hybrid. Courses for this program are offered in 8-week and/or 16-week terms.

First Year: Fall Semester (16, 17, or 18 Semester Hours Credit)

  • ACA 111 - College Student Success
  • ENG 111 - Writing and Inquiry
  • HSE 110 - Intro to Human Services
  • SAB 110 - Substance Abuse Overview
  • SWK 110 - Intro to Social Work
  • --- Natural Sciences/Mathematics Elective

First Year: Spring Semester (15 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (6 Semester Hours Credit)

  • SOC 210 - Intro to Sociology
  • --- Humanities/Fine Arts

Second Year: Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 70, 71, or 72

Humanities/Fine Arts courses approved for this program.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics Elective

Upon successful completion of the Human Services Technology/Addiction and Recovery Studies Concentration program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify different communications within group settings and how these impact people.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication which promotes understanding of self, other people, and personal growth.
  3. Demonstrate different roles of human services workers and best practices when working with human service agencies.
  4. Develop and maintain skills, using evidence-based practices, which support addiction treatment.

The Human Services Technology program requires the performance of essential functions in order to develop relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human service fields. To effectively educate students to work in the profession, the performance of these functions is incorporated throughout the program. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions to progress through the program. The essential functions include:

  1. Critical Thinking: critical thinking ability sufficient to gather relevant information, interpret data, recognize problems, and use a process to make informed, independent decisions that show good judgment. For example, the student must possess an adequate understanding of social, community, and educational services.
  2. Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with other students, function and contribute as part of a team, be accountable for self and others, and maintain appropriate hygiene for an office environment. For example, students should possess the ability to communicate with individuals with differentiating opinions regarding religion, political affiliation, and traditions. Cultural and emotional intelligence are required for collaboration with team members.
  3. Communication Skills: communication skills sufficient to speak and write English, listen and comprehend written and spoken words, and communicate information and ideas so others will understand. For example, students should be possess the ability to communicate problems in completing a project with an instructor and working within groups.
  4. Mobility: students should possess sufficient mobility to be able to complete assignments on computers.
  5. Motor Skills: students should possess motor skills sufficient to sit for extended periods of time and manual dexterity for computer work and report writing.
  6. Hearing: ability to hear sounds at a close range (within a few feet of the observer). For example, students should be able to hear and respond to an instructor or other students in a classroom.
  7. Visual: ability to see with normal or corrected vision as well as tolerate working indoors in artificial light and outside with natural light. For example, students should possess the ability to look at computer screens and textbooks for long periods of time.
  8. Tactile: tactile ability to perform physical activities that require use of hands and arms. For example, students should possess the ability to write reports and perform group projects.
  9. Weight-Bearing: weight-bearing ability to lift and move 10-20 pounds. For example, students should possess the ability to lift boxes containing materials for those in need.
  10. Cognitive: cognitive ability to use logic and reason, attention to detail, and short-term and long-term memory skills. For example, students should possess the ability to remember a concept covered in a class in a previous week of a semester and effectively apply the learned information.
  11. Listening – listening skills sufficient to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. For example, students should be able to interact with faculty, peers, and the community on a frequent basis; listening skills must be mastered.

Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.

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