Addiction Studies

The goal of the Addiction Studies Program at Napa Valley College is to provide education and training for individuals pursuing a career in Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification in the State of California. The academic program follows the standards for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professional (CCAPP) which certifies educational programs. It incorporates the Addiction Counseling Competencies published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Administration ( Students will complete an extensive internship in a community-based internship over two semesters enabling them to demonstrate competencies necessary for treatment of those struggling with addiction.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program students will understand the composition, physical and cognitive effects, addictive factors, and symptoms of withdrawal and overdose of commonly abused substances.  They will be able to assess accurately persons using substances by identifying risk factors and behaviors to facilitate appropriate prevention, treatment, and referrals in the community.  Use evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for clients and families from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  Identify ethical and legal requirements for professional development. Students completing the course work and internship will be able to register as an AOD counselor and work towards their certification.

Career Opportunities

The Addiction Studies degree and certificate program is designed for students pursuing employment as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor, also called Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC's), in the State of California. AOD Counselors help individuals deal with substance abuse and dependency issues. AOD Counselors can work in private non-profit and/or public substance abuse treatment agencies.

Contact Information


Building 1300
Phone: (707) 256-7221


Dr. Alejandro Guerrero
Interim Senior Dean, Counseling Services and Student Success
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7317

Program Coordinator

Jaime Huston-Sylvester
Coordinator, Human Services and Addiction Studies
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA


Rachael Cresci LCSW, DBH
Professor, Addiction Studies & Human Services
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7475