Addiction Worker

Challenge your potential, while making a difference, with a rewarding career in the healthcare sector. Take advantage of our small class sizes to get the attention and guidance you need from our highly-skilled instructors.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 8 campuses.
    Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 8 campuses.
    Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
    Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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    Campus is required
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    47 Weeks


    8 Weeks

    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    This 47-week diploma program will help you develop group-facilitation skills as well as entry-level skills in 1-to-1 counselling. Aside from classes on addiction, pharmacology, treatment planning, and counselling, you will also take courses on digital literacy, student success strategies, and career planning. Cap off your program with an 8-week internship to earn valuable hands-on experience that employers seek.

    Career Opportunities

    As an Addiction Worker graduate, you will qualify for positions such as: Addiction Worker, Distress Centre Support Worker, Group Home Worker, and Outreach Worker. 

    Note that some career options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.


    Employers Who Have Hired triOS Grads

    • YMCA
    • Canadian Centre for Addictions
    • Social Services
    • Toronto Community Housing
    • McMaster Children’s Hospital
    • United Way Toronto
    • Goodwill Toronto
    • HIV/AIDS Connection


    92 %

    Employment Rate

    $ 25

    Average Wage/HR**

    $ 39

    High Wage/HR**

    *Employment Rate based on 2021 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.


    NOC Code: 4212/42201 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Dec 2022.

    Program Details

    Are you interested in helping victims of substance abuse? Do you want to address issues like addiction and bring forward change in peoples’ lives? If so, then the Addiction Worker program is just what you need to kickstart your career into this rewarding field.

    This program is designed to provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for employment as an Addiction Worker. You will learn to apply the principles of addiction, pharmacology and structured relapse prevention planning. You will gain practical skills in intake, assessment, motivational interviewing and treatment planning with a strong emphasis on case management and professional ethics. Course coverage includes an in-depth study of family dynamics and addiction as well as special populations: First Nations and other ethnic/cultural groups, youth, sexual minorities, elderly, concurrent disorders, homeless, gender (women), crime, HIV/AIDS and suicidal clients. Principles of communication are explored in great depth and students will explore anger and stress management techniques. A strong focus is given to presentation skills, Microsoft Office applications, documentation and record keeping, the ability to multitask and prioritize, organizational and detail skills, professional telephone manner, confidentiality, interpersonal skills and being a team player.

    Students enrolled in the program receive:

    • Microsoft Office and Windows are included in the tuition costs.
    Admission Requirements
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    – High school graduation diploma, or Mature Student Status (for more information please refer to the Program Outline at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant)

    – Student must provide a clear Vulnerable Sector Check.

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    Success Stories

    It was the best experience ever. I never thought I could do it, but I did! I am so proud of myself.

    Rheta W.

    Graduated 2015