|Turning Around Lives
Addiction is a scourge for the citizens of Oregon, and the devastation it unleashes affects every level of society. Oregon ranks second in the U.S. for illegal drug use in adults 26 and older, ranks seventh in the U.S. for illegal drug use among residents 12 and older, and ranks fourth in the U.S. for alcohol and drug dependence among 18-25 year olds (SAMHSA, National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2004).
Addiction not only kills thousands of Oregonians per year, but it also causes decades of prolonged suffering for addicts and their families. Treatment and prevention for addiction are essential to help reduce the huge costs that addiction exacts. In Oregon, addiction professionals continue to be in high demand. There is a shortage across the state of addiction professionals. In 2005, this resulted in 150 positions going unfilled (2005 NFATTC Substance Abuse Treatment Workforce Survey).
See the catalog(pdf) for the information regarding program requirements.