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Job Title Median Wage Annual Job Openings Expected Growth
Addictions Counselor MT: $46,790
US: $48,520
MT: 210
US: 41,000
MT: 21%
US: 22.9%

*Information taken from O*NET OnLine

Substance Abuse Treatment Organizations - Great Falls


Alluvion Health Logo

Alluvion Health

601 1st Avenue N.
Great Falls, MT 59401
Alluvion Health Careers

Benefish Health Systems

Benefis Behavior Health-Addiction Services

500 15th Avenue S.
Great Falls, MT 59405
Benefis Careers

Gateway Recovery Center

Gateway Community Services

26 4th Street N.
Great Falls, MT 59401
Gateway Community Services

Center For Mental Health

Center for Mental Health

915 1st Avenue S.
Great Falls, MT 59401
Center for Mental Health

Rocky Mountain Treatment Center

Rocky Mountain Treatment Center

920 4th Avenue N.
Great Falls, MT 59401
Rocky Mountain Treatment Center


The Substance Abuse & Addictions Counseling AA prepares individuals for careers in the addictions field. The program is designed to develop the student's skills to provide therapeutic services for people dealing with substance abuse, and with an emphasis on helping them maintain recovery and prevent relapse.  Graduates will be prepared for entry into the drug and alcohol counseling profession.  By pursuing this emphasis, students complete both a general Associate of Arts degree and the preparatory coursework required to become a licensed addictions counselor. It also allows for transfer to a variety of baccalaureate programs.

Substance Abuse & Addictions Counseling Program Estimated Costs

Figure Out Your Finances

Students seeking federal financial aid (which includes grants and loans) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which online at As a result of completing a FAFSA, an applicant will receive a federal Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail or online. An electronic version of the SAR is automatically sent to the schools listed on the FAFSA. To list Great Falls College MSU, use our school code: 009314.

Students applying for financial aid may also be required to provide proper federal income tax information, completed verification materials, and any other information requested by the Financial Aid Office. Students must apply for financial aid annually.

Assistance is available to prospective students applying for financial aid. In addition, financial aid counseling for new students is an integral part of the admissions and orientation process. Once enrolled, students may receive counseling and assistance as needed. For assistance, please call 406-771-4334, or write to the Financial Aid Office, Great Falls College MSU, 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405, or email

Great Falls College MSU also offers a wide variety of different scholarships to assist you in paying for your college. To view a list of current scholarship offerings, please see our scholarship page.

Substance Abuse & Addictions Counseling Program Requirements

Continuing your education:  Once students are LAC Candidates or fully licensed they can pursue further education to become dually licensed as Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.  This will require first earning a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology or social work and then a Master’s Degree in either Social Work, Psychology or Counseling.   Before choosing a Master’s Degree program students should look at the requirements for licensure by the Montana Board of Behavioral Health to make sure that the course offerings in their Master’s program align with the state’s requirements.

Substance Abuse & Addictions Counseling Program Faculty


Dr. Elfie Neber

Dr. Elfie Neber

Office: R247