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Why Choose WNMU Chemical Dependency Program?

 

Western New Mexico University offers the only baccalaureate degree in Chemical Dependency in the State of New Mexico.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the addiction counseling field needs at least 5,000 new counselors a year to keep up with those leaving the field. The addiction field in the future will need counselors adept at treating the three key populations of the elderly, adolescents, and criminal justice clients. The average entry-level salary of an addiction counselor is in the low $30,000s with the average range from $15,000 to $34,000. The average salary range for clinical directors and managers is $40,000 to $75,000.

The Chemical Dependency Program prepares students for careers in areas of chemical dependency counseling, prevention, administration, and research. Students will be able to be employed in public and private organizations as counselors, clinical directors, program directors, prevention, research, case managers, and managers in both adolescent and adult treatment programs.

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Program Contact
James Helgert, MA, LADAC, LPCC
Phelps Dodge 234
Phone: (575) 538-6854
Fax: (575) 538-6264
Email: helgertj@wnmu.edu

The degree program has a core requirement of 74 credit hours which include 43 credit hours in chemical dependency, 16 credit hours in psychology, 12 credit hours in sociology, and 3 credit hours in statistics. The degree program provides all the necessary educational requirements for a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor license in the State of New Mexico. It also meets the 300 hours of practicum or internship in the 12 core functions. The degree program provides all the necessary educational requirements for NAADAC and ICRCAODA initial certification levels.

Western New Mexico University provides a 24 credit hour minor in Chemical Dependency. The Chemical Dependency Program offers 7 of its core chemical dependency courses at the graduate level. The bachelor’s degree program prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in chemical dependency, psychology, and counseling.

Western New Mexico University ’s baccalaureate degree program is a response to the increasing social awareness that the abuse of mood-altering chemicals and addictions are the primary underlying causes of all the social problems in American society. America spends $484 billion each year on addictions. Chemical dependency is a major health problem in the United States. It ranks in the top three health problems facing the country. 25% of Americans die due to addictions. The following statistics are directly related to the use of alcohol and other drugs:

 

  • 65% of all child abuse cases
  • 75% of all divorces
  • 50% of all traffic deaths
  • 67% of all suicide attempts
  • 86% of all homicides
  • 50% of all battered wives
  • 85% of all fire fatalities
  • 33% of all suicides
  • 61% of all criminal arrests
  • 67% of all felony arrests
  • 80-90% of all incarcerations
  • 93% of all juvenile crime and violence

  • 19 million American men, women, and children have drinking/drug abuse problems
  • 5 million American adolescents between the ages of 14-17 have drinking/drug abuse problems
  • 60-70 million Americans are directly affected by drinking/drug abuse problems
  • 12 million alcoholics in America

 

Alcohol is implicated in the four leading causes of accidental death in the United States—motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, and fires and burns. Cigarettes kill more Americans than AIDS, accidents, fires, illegal drugs, and suicides combined, that is 20% or 419,000 Americans.


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