Students studying addiction studies at Detroit Mercy

Do you want to help individuals who struggle with substance abuse, gambling or sexual addiction? Do you want to be the catalyst to help empower individuals suffering from an addiction? University of Detroit Mercy's undergraduate and graduate programs in Addiction Studies will provide you the knowledge and skills required to provide prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families.





Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Detroit Mercy's Addiction Studies program is the premier program in the state of Michigan, and among the first of its kind in the nation.
  • Detroit Mercy has been preparing addiction professionals for more than 50 years.
  • Detroit Mercy's undergraduate program in Addiction Studies prepares students for graduate programs in Counseling, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Social Work.
  • The Addiction Studies program emphasizes prevention, treatment, and evidence-based practices for both substance and behavioral addictions.
  • Internship placements are an important part of Detroit Mercy’s Addiction Studies program. More than 30 addiction prevention, referral and treatment agencies are affiliated with Detroit Mercy, including hospitals, residential programs, family counseling centers, community mental health agencies and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers.
  • You can conveniently pursue your undergraduate degree while attending part- or full-time. Transfer credit can shorten the program.
  • The Bachelor of Science with a major in Addiction Studies is also offered at Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, Michigan.
  • Courses are primarily taught by full-time faculty members.

Your Boundless Future

There is a wide variety of career choices for Addiction Studies graduates such as prevention specialist, case worker, court liaison, health educator, law enforcement advocate, probation and parole officer, and victim’s advocate. The program also prepares students for graduate programs in the behavioral and social sciences.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for these professions.


Contact Info

Nancy G. Calleja 
*Department Chair
Professor of Counseling
Director of Addiction Counseling

Featured Alumnus

Reginald Terry ’04, ’08

“Entering the field of addiction I knew I would need something more than just a psychology and/or social work program. The Addiction Studies program at University of Detroit Mercy was just what the doctor ordered. Not only did the program help me to better understand the dynamics of addiction, it also gave me a skill set that is unmatched by any of my peers. I will forever be grateful for my experience at Detroit Mercy.”

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