Addictions Certification Training

How do I Become an Addictions Counselor?

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Addiction and substance abuse counselor certification and training courses will prepare you for providing alcohol and drug counseling. Many states have also started to recognize that many people have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues which require specialized, integrated counseling. In addition to our addiction counseling courses, we also provide online mental health courses. Depending on the state, addictions counselors have a variety of different titles including:

  • substance abuse counselor
  • drug and alcohol counselor
  • addiction counselor
  • certified addictions professional
  • chemical dependency counselor
  • co-occurring disorders counselor

To become an addictions counselor, you must take a set of courses to help you understand addictions and the issues faced by people with addictions.  Then you volunteer or get hired at a local clinic to do an internship.  Once you have completed your internship hours, you just take and pass the state required exam.  AllCEUs offers NBCC and  NAADAC approved addictions counselor certification training courses through a basic addiction and co-occurring disorder counseling training track.  The online courses address the core functions identified by IC&RC and provide the foundational knowledge for IC&RC certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, including topics such as: Addiction Basics, Assessment, Anxiety, Documentation, Diagnosis, Domestic Violence, Ethics, Medical Errors, Pharmacology, Relapse Prevention and more…


What Will I Learn?

Many people have significant recovery or work experience, and do not need an instructor to walk them through the material.   As part of our NAADAC approved training courses, AllCEUs has an online addictions certification track that you can take on your own time, at your own pace.  Our courses all have a video, texts and reading materials for those who hate video, learning activities and a quiz to gauge your level of understanding of the material.

We have all of the addiction  counselor  training courses required by most states for you to meet your academic training requirements.  Our instructors are available during normal business hours to answer any academic questions you may have.  You can also submit a support ticket and it will be forwarded to the appropriate instructor for a response.Below you will find the content breakdown of our primary certification track.  The actual courses may have slightly different names, but they cover the below content and have been written to  align with TAP 21: Counseling Competencies for Addictions Professionals.

The general certification track provides 270 contact hours/ 497 total hours of academic training among each of the professional practice dimensions:

Clinical Evaluation – 20 hours in assessment; 15 hours in screening, 4 Hours in Patient Placement
Treatment Planning – 20 hours
Referral and  Service Coordination – 20 hours
Counseling – 65 hours
Client, Family, and Community Education – 45 hours
Documentation – 15 hours
Professional and Ethical Responsibilities – 30 hours
Supervision – 15 hours
Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge – 100 hours
Application to Practice/Professional Readiness – 80 hours
HIV/AIDS – 10 hours
Domestic Violence – 5 hours

Currently, the following states require persons in addictions certification programs to complete at least 270 hours of addictions training:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana (specific requirements)
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire (specific Requirements)
  • New Mexico (Specific requirements
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Once you become certified, you will have to get continuing education hours also called CEUs. Online counseling continuing education courses in addictions/substance abuse and mental health are convenient alternatives to help you get your CEUs fast and for less than going to a traditional seminar.