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People who build a successful career in professional writing have a genuine passion for it. If you love the written word and find it difficult to put down a good book, then you might go far in this field. The only question is exactly which type of writing you will pursue. There are plenty of options available to you, and you do not have to decide right away. Consider visiting the Career IMPACT Center at Grand Canyon University to speak with a career advisor.

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Addiction is a devastating disease that has far-reaching consequences. Individuals who are addicted suffer from physical and mental health problems, some of which may be life-threatening. Addiction can be harmful to families and marriages. It is also a public health crisis that affects the entire community. If you decide to become a substance abuse counselor, part of your job will be to educate families about recognizing the signs of addiction. Some of these may seem obvious, while others are far subtler.

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

As an English major at Grand Canyon University, I get asked about my degree a lot. People often wonder what I will do with this seemingly “useless” degree. I am here to tell you that an English degree is not useless. In fact, there are many things you can do after college with one of these degrees under your belt.

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Access to preventive healthcare is a fundamental human need. Sometimes, the importance of preventive mental healthcare is overlooked in favor of screenings for physical health problems. If you are someone who is interested in mental health, you probably already understand that the body and mind work together, and that being sound of mind and body are both essential for a person’s overall quality of life. If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, consider earning a Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Prevention.

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A degree in sociology can prepare you to understand dynamic societal relationships and influences. In your coursework, you will examine social theory, social structures, and social psychology. The knowledge you gain can be put to work to better the lives of the people around you. After you earn a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, you can pursue a career in a variety of different fields:  

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Are you looking for a way to serve others? Do you already have a background in psychology or sociology? Consider pursuing a Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching. Like many other service-oriented professions, life coaching is a calling. If you choose this path, you will have the opportunity to empower your clients to reach for personal growth, sort through life’s challenges and decide what they truly want to strive for in life.

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Students who feel called to serve families and individuals struggling with drug dependency may benefit from completing Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse program. This BS in addiction counseling degree is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and explores substance use disorders, addiction and treatment, methods for stopping destructive behavior and preventing relapse, and the family dynamics of addiction.

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The employment of substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors is expected to grow by a significant 20% between 2016 and 2026. This number reflects an increasing need for counseling professionals who can help individuals who struggle with addiction. Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Addiction Counseling degree is designed for those who wish to pursue a rewarding and in-demand career as an addiction counselor. Continue reading to discover some of the ways in which students learn how to treat addictions while earning this degree:

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The government students at Grand Canyon University are passionate about making a difference and putting their ideas into action. Many of the students who are earning a Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies go the extra mile outside of GCU to get the experience they need to move on to law school and become experts in their field.

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