Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS)

If you enjoy helping others, consider a career as a substance abuse counselor.

FVCC’s Substance Abuse Counseling program provides students with the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of addictions and meets the academic requirement for the State of Montana’s Licensed Addiction Counselor.


  • Upon successful completion of FVCC’s Substance Abuse Counseling A.A. program, graduates are prepared to apply for supervised internship positions in a state-licensed substance abuse program. A minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised work experience is required in order to take the Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor’s test.
  • The annual mean wage for a substance abuse counselor working in Montana is $43,760, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • National demand for substance abuse counselors is predicted to increase 20 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the BLS.

Attributes of Successful Substance Abuse Counselors

  • Good listening and communications skills
  • Compassionate and thoughtful
  • Understand the importance of self-awareness in one’s personal, professional and cultural life
  • Adherence to required ethical and behavioral standards of conduct

Faculty Advisor

Carlin Hale

BSS 124

(406) 756-3886

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.