Higher Education

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Breining Institute has provided higher education and advanced training to addiction professionals since 1986.

“Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

Since 1986, Breining Institute has worked hard to provide individuals in this profession with the highest level quality education, training, testing and certification.

Breining Institute students, graduates, and professional credential recipients have shared their experiences with others who may be considering this challenging, but rewarding, career as a substance use disorders (SUD) professional. A number of these professionals have shared their stories here: IN YOUR WORDS

 Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) Program

This advanced or “Professional Track” Addiction Studies Certificate Program requires completing 45 units (450 hours) of coursework.

This program is self-paced, may be completed entirely through Distance Learning.

If you spend 10 hrs / week on your work, you should finish in about 11 months. 

You are allowed 2 years to complete this program.

Breining and ASC Course accredited by CAADE

Breining Institute is pleased it is part of the class of distinguished educational institutions that have earned formal accreditation from the prestigious California Statewide Accreditation Committee of the California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE).

CAADE describes its accreditation guidelines as “rigorous,” and that, having met these guidelines, “accreditation by CAADE distinguishes your students as among the most highly trained in the state.”

More information about the CAADE Accreditation is available at this link: CAADE Accreditation

Application / Enrollment Periods

The Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) course is an open-application / open-enrollment program, to which you may apply and start at any time. You may apply for this course today using the link to the Online Application for Admission form below.

Helpful Links

Online Application for Admission

College Tuition / Fees Payment Form

Transcript Request Form

School Catalog


ASC Course Online Answer Sheets

Journal of Addictive Disorders (JAD)

Higher Education Survey: Report – September 2015

Mission, Vision, Institutional Objectives, and Core Values

State of California approved since 1986

Breining Institute, with its main campus located in California, was first approved as a provider of higher education by the State of California Department of Education in 1986.

Our certificate programs have been specifically approved by the State of California after comprehensive review, and the current agency under which that approval is granted is the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), which may be confirmed at this link: www.bppe.ca.gov

For over 20 years Breining Institute offered State of California-approved and nationally-recognized degree programs – Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate (Dr.AD) Degrees in Addictive Disorders – from 1996 to 2017, but has discontinued offering these degrees. Students who earned those degrees may still request and obtain Official Transcripts for the units and/or degrees earned through those programs by using the Transcript Request Form.

Here are BPPE-required links:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) web site

School Performance Fact Sheet – Certificate Program

BPPE-required Annual Report

BPPE-required notice and statement: “Approval” means “compliance with state standards as set forth in the Education Code.” Cal. Ed. Code section 94897(l).

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Apple Discounts

Breining Institute students and faculty receive special education pricing on Apple computers, software, and other products at Apple retail store locations and at the online Apple Store for Education

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Online students do better

A U.S. Department of Education report concluded that adult distance learning students perform better.

Why? Our experience over 30 years suggests that distance learning students need to have the maturity, motivation and discipline to complete assignments outside of the closely-monitored classroom environment. Fortunately for these students, employers will typically prefer to hire individuals who have demonstrated greater maturity and motivation, which the completion of a quality distance learning program will provide.

Breining Institute distance learning addiction studies programs are not easy. They are meant to challenge students so that they learn valuable information that they can take with them that will make them competent addiction professionals.

A copy of the U.S. Department of Education report is available here: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning