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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies

Understanding the effects of alcohol and drug use is important in order to help others. In addition, the issues in this field are constantly changing due to:

  • New, useful insights into causes
  • Innovative treatments
  • Services to diverse populations with special needs
  • Impact of societal changes


The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies Program was developed as a foundation for students who intend to transfer into social work, human services or alcohol/substance abuse majors at four-year schools. Preparation combines a study of:

  • Liberal arts course work to build general education knowledge
  • Effects of substance use on the individual, families, and society
  • Impact of environmental and social factors on substance use
  • Multiple causes of substance use
  • Variety of treatment modalities

Study Online!

Did you know that a majority of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies program can be completed online?

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies AS (75% or more can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

Alongside your coursework, you will gain experience from two field placement courses require in this program. This is a valuable opportunity to observe professionals in order to eventually apply their knowledge and skills into your work.

Graduating with an Associate degree may qualify you as an aid in various programs. A Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification, granted by the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will also improve your potential for employment.

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies Program at GCC is consistent with established standards for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Education and Training by the OASAS.

Career Opportunities

Addiction counselors and social workers provide significant input into the recovery and rehabilitation of clients. You will be a vital part of a team assisting clients in assessing, coping and developing action plans toward their recovery.

After getting your GCC degree, some occupations you may consider are:

Please contact our Career Center for more information.

Transfer Opportunities

GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:

  • Bryant & Stratton
  • College of Saint Rose
  • Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Daemen College
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Empire State College/SUNY
  • Excelsior College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hilbert College
  • Houghton College
  • Keuka College
  • Medaille College
  • RIT
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • University of Phoenix
  • Utica College
  • Wells College

Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.