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  Doctor in Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD)
80-unit, Self-Paced, Distance Learning, Graduate Degree program.

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



Modified Open Enrollment Schedule
Application period Applications processed Instruction Begins
March 1 - 31 April May
July 1 - 31 August September
November 1 - 30 December January

Students wishing to enroll must apply during the specified "Application period" listed above.
We will make acceptance determinations and send out enrollment agreements to accepted candidates during the "Applications processed" time period.
Instruction for those accepted candidates who have completed Enrollment Agreement will commence in the "Instruction Begins" month.


Advantages of Breining


Flexible schedule
 Distance learning allows student to attend on his/her own schedule. You do not need to log in at any certain time, you work at your own pace, and courses are completed on a schedule that works for you.

Mentors and staff
 We don't hold your hand, but distance learning requires self-discipline and can be scary for some. Our staff and faculty are available to guide you through your studies, and you will always have someone to contact by email and by phone. 

Elective topics
 The papers required in the Doctorate Degree program can be tailored to the student's interest. For example, in Course No. 4801: Current Developments in Addictions, the student may research and write about PTSD or working with clients in a medication-assisted treatment setting.

State Approved
Breining Institute was first approved to offer addiction education courses in 1986 by the State of California Board of Education, and, after a comprehensive review by the BPPVE, our most current institutional approval is from the
State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to offer certificate and degree programs.
BPPE-required statement:
"Approval" means "compliance with state standards as set forth in the Education Code." Cal. Ed. Code section 94897(l)

Nationally recognized

The NAADAC National Certification Commission has approved the eligibility of the Breining Institute Masters and Doctorate degrees as qualifying degrees for eligibility to take the examination to earn NAADAC's
MAC credential.


Doctorate Degree Program
This Doctorate degree program requires the completion of 80 graduate units.
You must have already completed / hold a Masters degree in the healing arts from an approved or accredited institution of higher learning
(subject to review and acceptance of transcripts from other colleges)
Completion of this degree program leads to the
Doctor in Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD)
This program is self-paced, may be completed entirely through Distance Learning
If you spend 10 hrs/week on your work, you should be able to finish the
80 units of graduate coursework in about 2 years
4411: Clinical Supervisor Competency - 4 units (pass multiple-choice exam)
4412: Women in Treatment: Special Considerations - 4 units (pass multiple-choice exam)
4413: Examination of Co-occurring Disorders - 4 units (pass multiple-choice exam)
4414: Medication-Assisted Treatment - 4 units (pass multiple-choice exam)
4415: Competency in a Forensic Treatment Setting - 4 units (pass multiple-choice exam)
4416: Study of Graduate-level Scholarly Articles - 2 units (pass multiple-choice exam)

4801: Genetic Predisposition to Addictive Disorders - 10 units (5,000+ words)
4802: Co-dependency Issues among Health Care Professionals - 10 units (5,000+ words)

(must complete 20 elective units)

At the Doctorate level, the remaining course topics are elective.
The student may select one of the suggested topics listed below, or suggest different topics and submit outlines for review and approval prior to commencing work on the paper.
Ten (10) units credit for each paper requires approximately 5,000+ words.

4803: Societal Co-dependency and Enabling Issues - 10 units
4804: The Politics of Perpetuating Addictive Disorders - 10 units
4806: Treatment Approaches in Foreign Countries - 10 units
4807: The Financial Rewards and Losses of Addictive Disorders - 10 units

4999: Doctoral Dissertation - 18 units (10,000+ word paper)
Alternatively, a graduate project may be submitted for approval.
Approval from Breining must be obtained before alternate project will be considered.
Project must be substantially equivalent to the work expected of a 10,000+ word graduate paper, and such determination is at the sole discretion of Breining.
Paperback and electronic (PDF) versions of textbooks are available through the
Breining Bookstore.

The Clinical Supervisor: Training Manual for Clinical Supervisor Competency in the Addiction Treatment Setting (2010) Breining Research and Education Foundation

Women in Treatment: Substance Abuse Counselor Specialty Training Manual (2012) Breining Institute

The MAT Counselor: Handbook for Certification of Counselors working in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Setting (2010) Breining Institute

The Forensic Counselor: Training Manual for Addiction Counselor Competency in a Forensic Treatment Setting (2011) Breining Institute

Free electronic (PDF) downloads

Family-Centered Treatment for Women with Substance Use Disorders: History, Key Elements and Challenges (2007) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-occurring Disorders: TIP 42 (2005) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Research papers do not have specific textbook assignments. These papers are based on independent research of the student. For examples of papers written to satisfy these graduate courses, please refer to the articles contained within the Breining Institute Journal of Addictive Disorders (select link below):

Journal of Addictive Disorders

Exceptional papers submitted by graduate students for their coursework
will be considered for publication within the Journal of Addictive Disorders.

The Final Exam to earn the Doctorate Degree is the multiple-choice Private-practice / Clinical Supervisor (PCS) Exam administered at over 500 test centers located throughout the United States and Canada. The PCS Exam may be taken after all required course work is completed.
 A score of at least 70% or better is required to pass the exam.
The cost to take the PCS Exam is $150.
Re-takes of the PCS Exam (if necessary) will cost student $150 for each re-take.

After graduation, the Docorate Degree student, in addition to earning the Doctor in Addictive Disorders (DrAD) Degree, will have completed the required education to be eligible to earn the nationally-awarded Master Counselor in Addictions (MCA) Credential, which will only then require documentation of three years experience in addictions counseling.
More information about earning the MCA credential is available at this link:

Master Counselor in Addictions (MCA) Credential

  Tuition / Fees  
80 units of Graduate courses
$145 / unit

Application fee $75

Paperback and electronic (PDF) versions of Breining textbooks available for purchase through the Breining Bookstore.
The four required textbooks which are not free downloads are $29.95 (plus $5.40 shipping) each for paperbacks, $15.50 each for electronic (PDF) versions.
You do not need to purchase both paperback and PDF versions;
you may use whichever version works better for you.

On-line exams
$10 each for Course Nos. 4411, 4412, 4413, 4414, 4415, and 4416 (total $60)

Final Exam
Multiple-choice PCS exam.
70 questions.
Administered daily at over 500 test centers located throughout the United States and Canada.
Requires 70% or better to pass exam.
Cost to take PCS Exam is $150.
If exam re-take is necessary,
$150 per re-take.

California tuition fee (STRF) $6

4411: 4 units - $580
4412: 4 units - $580
4413: 4 units - $580
4414: 4 units - $580
4415: 4 units - $580
4416: 2 units - $290
4801: 10 units - $1,450
4802: 10 units - $1,450
1st Elective paper: 10 units - $1,450

2nd Elective paper: 10 units - $1,450
Dissertation: 18 units - $2,610

  Get Started  
1. Send us your Application for Admission. Here is a link to the Application:
  Application for Admission  
  2. When we accept you, we will send you an Enrollment Agreement, which you will sign and return to us.

3. We will then send you the first Course outline and assignment.

4. You may work at your own pace, fast or slow. Take the exam or turn in your assignment for each course when you complete the work, and we will send you the Course Outline and assignment for the next course.

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