Addiction Counseling Degree

Bachelor’s + Master’s Program (BA/MA)


150 Bachelor/Master

Completion Time tooltip-icon

5 Years

Delivery Method

Traditional On Campus, Lancaster

Study Addiction Counseling at LBC | Capital

Imagine if you could integrate your passion for helping others break free from addiction by using your faith and professional counseling knowledge. At LBC | Capital, you can. This robust addiction counseling major teaches you how to effectively treat and assist individuals facing various addictions through an integrative psychotherapy model combining faith-based recovery methods with research-driven counseling.

LBC |Capital’s unique 4+1 program allows you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in addiction counseling in just five years total.

Fully acknowledging God as our ever-present help in times of trouble, this program will embark students on their missional careers by thoroughly equipping them with practical and scholarly professional skills to serve within the local church, para-church organizations, counseling organizations, hospitals, prisons, retirement centers and a variety of human service settings.

If you’re ready to get the training to help those struggling with various addictions, apply to Lancaster Bible College today.

Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Where LBC Students Have Interned

  • Intern at a Rescue Mission
  • Intern at a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
  • Intern at a Halfway House

License & Certification Information

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy.

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Bachelor's Program Scope

Biblical Studies (BA)/Addiction Counseling (MA) (150 Credits)

Bible & Theology Core 43 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core 37 Credits

Counseling Core 70 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Distinctive - What makes this program at LBC unique?
  • Earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in addiction counseling in just five years.
  • Learn from experienced professors and practitioners.
  • Become a drug and alcohol counselor or addiction counselor.
  • Graduate with your master’s degree in addiction counseling.
  • Prepare to sit for the state licensure exam (AADCE).
Career Paths

The Addiction Counseling BA/MA degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Addiction Counselor
  • Counselor at an Inpatient Treatment Facility
  • Counselor at a Halfway House
  • Counselor at Homeless Shelter
  • Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Recognize the history, development, legislation, government policy, ethics and professional identity development of counselors within the field of addiction counseling.
  • Evaluate theories, models, techniques and interventions related to addiction counseling and substance use, as well as philosophies of addiction-related self-help through a biblical perspective.
  • Learn the application of principles, models and documentation formats of biopsychosocial case conceptualization, etiology, treatment planning, diagnostic process, referral, application to testing and assessment, and prevention of addictive and substance use disorders.
  • Enhance culturally and developmentally relevant skills necessary to raise awareness and support addiction, substance abuse prevention and the recovery process at various delivery modalities within the continuum of care.
  • Develop understanding of the scholarly literature and its application within the neurological, behavioral, psychological, physical and social effects of psychoactive substances and addictive disorders in order to develop skills to assess symptoms of psychoactive substance toxicity, intoxication, resiliency to psychoactive substance abuse disorders and withdrawal while utilizing reduction techniques for negative effects of substance use, abuse, dependence and addictive disorders.
  • Determine the classifications, indications and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for appropriate medical referral and consultation, while understanding the potential of substance use disorders mimicking and/or co-occurring with a variety of medical and psychological disorders
  • Identify the role of wellness and spirituality within the addiction recovery process, while incorporating vocation, family, social networks and community systems within the recovery and treatment process.
  • Acquire an understanding of ethical principles and application to prospective addiction counseling situations that reflect an open and collaborative approach to resolve legal and ethical dilemmas.
  • Assist clients in recognizing life problems caused by addiction and continued harmful use or abuse, versus the benefits of life without an addiction.
  • Synthesize information and knowledge into practice through supervised counseling experiences.
Core Courses for an Addiction Counseling Student
  • PSY 122 Group Psychotherapy
  • PSY 143 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSY 351 Therapy Lab
  • PSY 415 Practicum
  • CPS 501 Orientation to Professional
  • Counseling Identity, Function, and Ethics
  • CPS 505 Research & Program Evaluation
  • CPS 508 Counseling Skills in Helping Relationships
  • CPS 510 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • CPS 514 Psychopharmacology
  • CPS 515 Counseling Theory & Techniques
  • CPS 525 Assessment Techniques in Counseling I
  • CPS 530 Professional Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy Casework
  • CPS 531 Psychopathology & Counseling
  • CPS 541 Group Counseling Leadership Skills
  • CPS 546 Theories of Personality
  • CPS 572 Counseling Addictions
  • CPS 573 Advanced Addictions Treatment Methods
  • CPS 575 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CPS 583 Multicultural Foundations of Counseling
  • CPS 588 Career & Lifestyle Development
  • CPS 601 Professional Counseling Practicum
  • CPS 602 Professional Counseling Internship I
  • CPS 603 Professional Counseling Internship II
  • CPS Elective

Visit the undergraduate and graduate catalogs for the complete listing and descriptions.

Meet the Faculty

Day Butcher, EdD
Assistant Professor
Jon Shacklett, MA
Assistant Professor

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