The CCAPP approved ADAC program provides a well-balanced education based on class lectures, demonstration, and performance of practical skills concluding with an externship at a qualified treatment facility where the student can gain real-world experience. The program can be completed in less than 9 months.
Graduates of this program receive a Diploma and are eligible to test for the Certified Addiction Counselor exam for the state of California (CADC-1).
Substance abuse counselors are responsible for assisting patients through drug rehabilitation program and treatment centers and offer techniques for handling addiction. Patients may work with substance abuse counselors individually, but treatment is often provided in group sessions.
Counselors assist patients with crisis management and coping strategies; they also help family members and friends of patients acclimate to lifestyle and behavioral changes. One of the primary tasks of any substance abuse counselor is evaluating patient progress during therapy.
Substance abuse counselors carry out critical tasks such as:
- 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, and more.
Time to Complete:
38 Weeks Evening 735 Hours
Distance-Education & In-Person
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Our objective is to train and prepare students for an entry-level job as an Alcohol & Drug Addiction Counselor.
Upon Graduating from our ADAC program, students will be fully prepared and eligible to test for the Certified Addiction Counselor exam for the state of California (CADC-1).
The 735-hour program will be completed in 38 weeks. It consists of 480 hours divided into 5 course levels of classroom and practical instruction. The 6th 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 five course levels. Most externships may be scheduled only during the day. Graduation of the program requires successful completion of all levels.
In order to graduate from the ADAC program, students must meet the below requirement:
- High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
- Complete all levels
- Complete the externship
Students Must Complete:
- Lecture Levels I – V (480 Hours)
- Externship Level VI (255 Hours)
Career Outcome & More Information
Alcohol & Drug Addiction Counselors in California
The data below shows the job market for Alcohol & Drug Addiction Counselors for the State
of California. CNEI cannot guarantee employment, salary levels, or career advancement. The
data is not specific to CNEI students or graduates.
1. Salary Range
2020 median pay from BLS
2. Job Outlook
Average Growth Rate from 2019 - 2029
- Salary ranges reflect the 25th and 75th percentile for the occupation in California, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of CNEI. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location, and other factors specific to the individual. CNEI does not guarantee employment, salary level, or career advancement.
CNEI does not guarantee employment, salary level, or career advancement.