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Substance Abuse Counseling Certification in Georgia

Georgia has many different levels of certification as offered through the Alcohol Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia a non-governmental body. The three primary levels of certification are called Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC-I), Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II (CADC-II) and the Certified Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (CAADC).


  • High school Diploma or GED for CADC-I
  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling or closely related field for CADC-II
  • Master’s degree in Counseling or closely related field for CAADC.
  • Three years or 6,000 hours of supervised experience in AD counseling.
  • If you have your Bachelor’s degree you will need 4,000 hours of AD counseling.
  • You will need 270 hours of education in ICRC/AODA related courses that are composed of the 12 Core Functions: Screening; Intake; Orientation; Assessment; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management; Crisis Intervention; Client Education; Referral; Reports and Record Keeping; Consultation.
  • You are recommended to have one hour of direct supervision for every ten hours of experience.
  • You are required to have a minimum of 300 hours of supervision which must include ten hours in each of the 12 Core Functions outlined above.
  • You will need three letters of professional recommendation.
  • You must sign the ADACB-Ga Code of Ethics.
  • You must pass examinations administered by the ADACB-Ga.
  • Fill out the application for CADC-I, CADC-II and CAADC by clicking here.
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