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Addiction Counselor Certification Training

The leading online provider of AFFORDABLE online, self-paced addiction counselor certification training to help you start your new career!

  • 400+ hours for $399

  • We have students in 48 countries

  • Courses in multiple formats (video, text, live webinar and podcast) to meet your learning preferences

  • Instructors available 8am-8pm EST via email to answer your questions and help you apply the material.

How do I Become an Addiction Counselor

Training Options

5 steps to become certified as an addiction counselor

This online addiction counselor certification training program provides specific education to prepare you for licensure or certification in your state (MCAP, LADAC, LADC, CAC etc.).   AllCEUs is an approved continuing education and training provider for NAADAC, the Association for Addition Professionals; the Florida Certification Board, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Certification Board of Georgia (ADACB-GA), and the Connecticut Certification Board. In addition to our courses being acceptable in those states, most other states including Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia will accept our training because of those approvals.*  See our counseling CEU approvals page for detailed information.  If you have questions about this training, feel free to reach out to support . at . allceus . com

  • Over 400 hours of  online, multimedia training designed for the adult learner for less than $1/hour
  • Prepares you for the state licensure/certification exam
  • Many states accept distance learning for precertification training
  • Work at your own pace 24/7/365
  • Multimedia resources, quizzes and certificates are included
  • Instructors are available by email and text chat 7 days a week
  • Covers the core functions of the addiction counselor identified in TAP 21 and content is updated regularly
  • Cost: $399

*Note:  Regulations regarding approvals regularly change.  Please see our detailed approvals page and check your state regulations for current rules.

Overview of Training

Is this the same online addiction counselor training as that offered by competitors that charge $3000+.  YES.  While the initial cost to create the videos and the courses is high, the cost for you to take the courses is relatively low.  You are not paying instructors to be lecturing to you for 400 hours, you are watching pre-recorded videos.  So, we pass the savings on to you. 

350+ hours of training allocated, as specified, among each of the professional practice dimensions:

  • Clinical Evaluation – 35+ hours
  • Treatment Planning – 30+ hours
  • Case Management & Referral+ – 15 hours
  • Counseling – 50+ hours
  • Client, Family, and Community Education – 15+ hours
  • Documentation – 15 hours
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibilities –30 hours
  • Supervision – 16 hours
  • Understanding Addiction / Treatment Knowledge – 80 hours
  • Application to Practice / Professional Readiness – 64 hours*
  • HIV/AIDS – 4 hours
  • Domestic Violence – 2 hours


Foundation Texts for Certification

These texts can be downloaded for FREE,  and form the foundation for the addiction counselor certification training. If you are ordering them, plan on it taking 4-6 weeks to receive your texts.

FREE SAMHSA Publications

TAP Series

59. Improving Cultural Competence
57. Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services
56. Addressing the Specific Behavioral Health Needs of Men
55. Behavioral Health Services for People Who Are Homeless
54. Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders
53. Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders
52. Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor
51. Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women
50. Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment
49s. Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice: A Review of the Literature
49. Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice
48. Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery
47. Substance Abuse: Clinical Issues in Intensive Outpatient Treatment
46. Substance Abuse: Administrative Issues in Outpatient Treatment
45. Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment
44. Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System
43. Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs
42. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders
41. Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy
40. Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction
39. Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy
38. Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services
37. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with HIV/AIDS
36. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Child Abuse and Neglect Issues
35. Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment
34. Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse
33. Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders
32. Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders
30. Continuity of Offender Treatment for Substance Use Disorders from Institution to Community
29. Substance Use Disorder Treatment For People With Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
27. Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment
26. Substance Abuse Among Older Adults

NIDA and Other Texts

These texts are also freely available and will be used throughout the course.

Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief)

Published January 1997. Revised October 2003. Presents research-based drug abuse prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention.

Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations – A Research-Based Guide

Published September 2006. Revised April 2014. Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment that can inform drug treatment programs and services in the criminal justice setting.

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

Published October 1999. Revised December 2012. Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment for a variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs, that can inform drug treatment programs and services.

Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders: Clinical Series