Develop specialized skills in Addiction Studies

The Addiction Studies program at Madonna University equips you with the critical knowledge, skills, and expertise to address the ever-growing need for qualified professionals. Our comprehensive curriculum delves into the dynamics of substance and non-substance related addictions, exploring effective treatment approaches and prevention strategies.

Be the Change in Addiction Recovery


Drug overdose deaths have occurred in the United States in the year 2000

20.4 Million

People in the United States were diagnosed with a substance use disorder in 2019


Of individuals over the age of 12 are involved in the misuse of illicit drugs

Program Highlights

  • Experienced faculty: Dedicated instructors with extensive field experience.
  • Small class sizes: Personalized attention and opportunities for in-depth learning.
  • MCBAP certification preparation: To a significant degree, the coursework aligns with the educational requirements for the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).
  • Flexible learning: Weekend classes are offered for busy working professionals.
  • Comprehensive curriculum: Covers the latest research and best practices in addiction treatment and prevention, including planning and treatment, ethical professional practices, and diverse populations. 
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Admission Requirements

Admission is determined on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Admission interview with the Addiction Studies Coordinator.

Your Future

For students planning to train in closely related fields, such as social work, psychology,  criminal justice, social services, counseling or human resources, the Addiction Studies certificate will enhance your degree! 

This certificate is an academic credential  for students wishing to pursue the State of Michigan certification as a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) .


Faculty Bios

Irena J. Glover

Chair, Social Work Department

Director, MSW Program

Associate Professor, Social Work

B.A., University of Detroit Mercy

M.S.W, Wayne State University

Ph.D., Walden University



Irena J. Glover

Irena Glover, Ph.D., LMSW, joined the Social Work Department at Madonna University in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor. She earned a BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1998. She went on to earn her MSW in 2000 from Wayne State University. In 2016, Irena earned her Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialization in Family Studies and Intervention Strategies.

Prior to arriving at Madonna, Irena worked in various settings, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Family Reunification Program. She also has experience with nonprofit and program development. Her interests include parenting education, father engagement, working with at-risk children and youth, intergenerational issues such as poverty and teenage pregnancy, and individual and family counseling.

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Angela KennedyCoordinator, Addiction Studies
Adjunct Instructor, Social Work

 B.A., West Virginia State University

M.A. and M.S.W., Wayne State University

Ph.D., Clayton University

Angela Kennedy

 Angela G. Kennedy is a long-term social work practitioner, social justice advocate, administrator, consultant and social work clinical and academic educator.  She has extensive experience in child welfare, medical social work, behavioral healthcare and services to homeless persons, HIV+ persons, victims of sexual assault and other vulnerable, marginalized and disenfranchised persons.  She joined Madonna University’s Addiction Studies Certificate Program as an Adjunct Assistant Professor during the 2003 winter term.  She later joined the Social Work Department instructing both undergraduate and graduate students.  

Dr. Kennedy currently serves as the Coordinator of the Addiction Studies Program. and earned a BA in Sociology from West Virginia State University, a MSW from Wayne State University and a MA in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State University.  She advanced her educational achievements by earning a PhD in Public Administration.  Her post-graduate education includes research at the University of Toronto and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. 

Dr. Kennedy is a State of Michigan certified clinical and macro social work practitioner, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.   

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