Doctor in Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD)

Admission into the Doctor of Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD) Degree Program requires a Master of Arts degree in Addictive Disorders (or other closely related discipline) from an approved or accredited institution (which degree includes the 45 Quarter units of required core courses listed above in the Certificate Program description.) If the underlying Master of Arts Degree is in a closely related discipline but does not include all of the required core courses, Breining Institute offers a combination Doctorate Degree in which the student will complete the Fast Track Section of the Certificate Program in Addictive Disorders prior to or concurrently with the below listed Graduate level courses in order to earn the Doctor of Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD) Degree.

The requirements for the Doctor of Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD) Degree include successful completion of 80 Quarter units of Graduate level course work in Addictive Disorders studies (which will include a 10,000+ word Dissertation.

The Dr.AD Degree also requires a minimum of 40 hours of individual and/or group therapy completed by the degree candidate at some point prior to the completion of the Dr.AD Degree program (which may include pre-enrollment therapy).

After you complete the coursework, you must take and pass the nationally-administered Private-practice / Clinical Supervisor (PCS) Final Exam, available daily at over 500 test centers located throughout the United States and Canada.

The Graduate level courses in the Doctor of Addictive Disorders Degree Program will include 80 Quarter units from the following courses:

  • Genetic Predisposition to Addictive Disorders
  • Co-dependency Issues Among Health Care Professionals
  • Societal Co-dependency and Enabling Issues
  • Treatment Approaches in Foreign Countries
  • Dissertation – 15 Quarter units devoted to a Doctorate-level 10,000+ word dissertation of original work in a specialty of the student’s choosing (with prior approval by a Faculty Mentor) or in an area from the list of electives offered by Breining Institute.

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