What does a Alcohol and Drug Counseling do?

CIP Code 51.1501

Program Objective

The objective of the program is to provide a foundation of knowledge that prepares graduates to enter the rewarding career of Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Through a balanced educational process of didactic and practical instruction, students will achieve a level of skill that meets labor and market expectations and demand. Upon successful completion of the program the graduate will:

  • Acquire the skills to counsel individuals that suffer from addiction and the detrimental effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Be proficient in assessment, treatment planning for to the individual and group therapy, family counseling and case management, crisis intervention, providing client education, as well connecting clients with community resources.
  • Have a firm understanding of the physiology and pharmacology of psychoactive drugs and their effects on the body, as well as the tolerance that individuals gain by the continuous use of illegal and legally prescribed substances.
  • The program will educate the student in the legal and ethical issues surrounding substance abuse and the treatment thereof, especially in relation to the counselor, the clients he or she is serving, the counselors outlook and empathic response towards substance abuse, the professional boundaries required of each counselor, stress management, as well as time management to prevent burnout.
  • Have an understanding of law enforcement solutions vs. community support and awareness and education.
  • Have an understanding of cultural attitudes towards the use and prevention of psychoactive drugs and the impact on various dynamics of culture as they apply to race, religion, sexual preference, educational background, living situations and upbringing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability in record keeping, writing reports, progress notes and other related data.
  • Be proficient in the processes of consultation and referral, follow up and aftercare. Graduates will receive a diploma upon completion and be eligible for CAADAC certification.


Course Description

The CAADAC program provides a well-balanced education based on didactic instruction, demonstration and performance of practical skills and an externship at a qualified rehab and treatment facility where the student can gain real-life experience. The 927 hour program will be completed in 50 weeks. It consists of 672 hours divided into 7 course levels of classroom and practical instruction. The 8th level consists of 255 hours of externship in a rehab and recovery facility. The program is designed to allow students to start classes at the beginning of any of the first six course levels. Classes may be offered during the day and evening schedules. However, most externships may be scheduled only during the day. Graduation of the program requires successful completion of all levels.

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Alcohol & Drug Addiction Counseling

Course Title Clock Hours Credits Semester Units Subject
Level I 96 hours 6.0 5.5 Introduction: History of Alcohol, and mood changing drugs, sociocultural factors, patterns and progression of use.
Level II 96 hours 6.0 5.5 Law and Ethics.
Level III 96 hours 5.5 Case Management, Intake and Assessment Process..
Level IV 96 hours 5.5 Individual, Group and Family Counseling Techniques.
Level V 96 hours 5 Professional Development, Supervised Practicum.
Level VI 255 hours 5 Externship: Supervised Field Work