College creates degree program aimed to fight substance abuse

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College has created a new degree program tailored to fighting the substance abuse epidemic throughout the nation.

“This is an epidemic and this is a problem. Substance abuse and opioid crisis in our area is an issue,” said Dr. Angela Ballentine, the Dean of Health Sciences at CFCC.

That’s why Ballentine has worked with the CFCC Health Sciences Department to create the Human Services Technology and Substance Abuse program.

“This program is designed to help those individuals who want to help others who are struggling with addiction or substance use and substance abuse. There are a lot of counseling services involved in the program,” said Ballentine.

The two-year, associate program will prepare students for entry-level jobs in places like halfway houses, correctional centers and substance abuse social work facilities. As the opportunities grow, so does the need.

“It’s kind of a group effort with everybody in the community. If we could just get everyone on the same page with education, then we can really address the opioid epidemic,” said Rebecca Lilly, who works with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.

This education is now accessible and tailored to teaching people how to help others struggling with substance abuse. The courses will include education on addiction, substance abuse and counseling.

Their goal is to meet that need that the nation has for substance abuse prevention and education.

“To meet that need. to train individuals who want to reach out to others. who want to work in the field,” said Ballentine.

By opening that door, Ballentine hopes to give more people the tools to help others and end the cycle.

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