An Addictions minor provides students from majors within the helping professions (nursing, psychology, social work, criminal justice, ect.) with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who struggle with substance use. This minor can be earned both online and on-campus.

The addictions minor provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively point someone who is struggling with substance use in the right direction for resources, substance use disorder and mental health therapy, but does not include all of the necessary coursework and internship required for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) licensure. Students who compete the addictions minor will be prepared to address the ongoing substance use epidemic that continues to permeate into northern Minnesota communities and society as a whole.

Zach Gordon

“There’s a huge shortage of people going into this line of work, and the problem isn’t getting any smaller. It’s only growing. Bemidji State offers a good program led by great people who offer a lot of support and care to their students. The faculty really understand the problem and bring a lot of experience to it.”

-Zach Gordon, Social Work B.S. and LADC Certificate

Students who are interested in adding the addictions minor should contact their degree program advisor or Amanda Longie at To declare the additions minor please submit this form to the records office in Deputy Hall.

For more information on the courses in this program, visit the course catalog.

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