Addiction Counselor Certification Training

Many options to meet your needs

How do I Become an Addiction Counselor

Training Options

Addiction Counselor Self Study

  • Over 400 hours of  multimedia training designed for the adult learner
  • Prepares you for state licensure/certification
  • Many states accept distance learning for precertification training
  • Work at your own pace 24/7/365
  • Multimedia resources, quizzes and certificates are included
  • Content is updated regularly
  • Instructors are available by email
  • Covers the core functions of the addiction counselor identified in TAP 21
  • Cost: $149   Buy Now
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Blended Addiction Counselor Training

This track combines the flexibility of online self-study, including the multimedia resources PLUS

  • Over 100 hours of HD video
  • Learning materials use SAMHSA TIPS which are free texts
  • Graded assignments in each unit, with instructor feedback to ensure you are getting the most out of the material
  • Monthly group sessions to answer any questions
  • Chat with your instructors during business hours on their private chat pages

Cost: $459.99  Buy Now

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Addiction Counselor Certification Training: Self-Study with Live Webinars

In certain circumstances, people training to be addiction counselors need live training in addition to the self-study material.  One example is in Florida when a person getting certified has a degree that is unrelated to counseling.  AllCEUs created a solution.  Access to all of the materials in the self-study track, plus the live, interactive webinars every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm EST for a full year for only $199.

Most of the webinar topics will provide credit hours in the categories of Transdisciplinary Foundations: Treatment Knowledge and Application to Practice.  Some of the webinars will address topics such as treatment planning, clinical evaluation, HIV and domestic violence awareness.

Additionally, Dr. Snipes facilitates a Q&A discussion after each webinar.

Cost: $249  Buy Now

Recovery Coach

Recovery Coaches are not state licensed, and do not have the extensive internship that counselors do.  Our 200+ hour curriculum walks you through everything you need to know about …

  • The profession of coaching
  • Recovery Coaching skills
  • Business Management
  • Marketing

Additionally, you have access to monthly brainstorming group sessions to share ideas with fellow students, and a monthly practicum session in which you work with an instructor to apply what you have been learning.  When you finish the series, you will have all the requisite knowledge to start coaching.  No additional practicum/internship hours are required.  No additional test.   Learn more here 

Cost: $399 (includes practicum groups and brainstorming sessions)  Buy Now


Foundation Texts for Certification

These texts can be ordered or 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.

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