Drug & Alcohol Recovery (DARC)

Associate in Science

The Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) program educates and trains individuals who seek Connecticut certification, employment, job advancement, and increased effectiveness in the field of addictions counseling.

The DARC curriculum provides a balanced program of general education and addiction-specific courses. The combination of courses will challenge students to develop into critical thinkers capable of approaching problems from a variety of viewpoints. The addiction-specific courses are designed to give students a sound foundation in the theories and the science of addiction studies, with a disciplined background in: the biopsychosocial disease process of addiction, environmental and familial risk factors, evidence-based treatment models, public health issues, recovery model, counselor code of ethics, and more. Throughout the DARC program, students are offered a unique combination of traditional classroom work and experiential learning and practice. Students have the opportunity to apply their learning during a year-long internship*.

Students who complete the DARC courses will have met all current Connecticut Certification Board training requirements in preparation for the State's credentialing as a drug and alcohol counselor. In addition to the DARC course work, the state of Connecticut requires students to accrue work hours in the field of drug and alcohol counseling in order to be eligible to sit for the certification exam (administered by the Connecticut Certification Board).

Acceptance into the Internship (DAR* 251 and 252) portion of the program is selective and requires a formal interview and screening process that is separate from general admission to the College. Successful completion of DAR 101, DAR 111, DAR 158, and DAR 112 with a “C” or better is required before applying to the Internship. The program courses, DAR* 101, 111, 112, 114, 158, and 213, are available to any student who wishes to enroll; however, students are urged to seek guidance from the program coordinator.

* During the Internship year, students are required to carry malpractice liability insurance (the average yearly cost is $15). Students will be billed separately for this coverage and will be asked to pay the premium at the time of registration.


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:

  • Perform skills of a recovery counselor in a cross-cultural setting, as defined by the 12 Core Functions of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium
  • Practice and apply the code of ethics
  • Successfully complete the certification process demonstrating competency in the theoretical sciences of the alcohol and drug recovery fields
  • Apply principles of literacy and information technology to enhance the functions of recovery counseling.


Cheryl Shannon
Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2321



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