Alcohol and drug counselors provide counseling people who experience addiction as well as other related behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addition or modify problems behaviors.
Alcohol and drug counselors, also called substance abuse counselor, chemical dependency counselors, and addiction counselors, work with clients both one-on-one and in group settings. Many incorporate the principles of Twelve Step Facilitation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivation Interviewing, and other evidence-based practices to guide their practice. They teach clients how to manage their addiction and provide them strategies to help with their recovery.
Furthermore, they help clients rebuild professional relationships and if necessary, reestablish their career. They also help clients to improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problems with family and friends.
The CADC is a reciprocal level credential with the IC&RC. This means that you may transfer the credential to other IC&RC states that offer this credential.
Applicant must live and/or work at least 51% of the time within the state of New Mexico. Minimum education required is a high school diploma or equivalent. Verification must be submitted.
Five (5) years: all addiction specific training/workshops/education must be completed within 5 years of application submission.
College/university credits from an applicable addiction-related course may be applied.
You can download the CADC application for review and gather all document before applying online using Certemy.
Practice exams were developed to mimic IC&RC Computer Base Testing platform to enhance a candidate's preparation experience. Candidates have 60 minutes to complete the 50 question practice exam. At the completion of each practice exam, candidates are provided with a score report detailing their performance based on the various content areas of the examination. See practice exams here.
Alcohol and Drug Counselor
New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.