Become a Substance Use Counselor

Make a Difference That Lasts a Lifetime

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselors are an integral part of the treatment and recovery process because of their direct interactions and therapeutic relationships with participants and their families. As a counselor, your compassion, lived experience, and empathy go farther as part of a collaborative, innovative team dedicated to addressing the SUD crisis here in Los Angeles County.


SUD Counselors perform intakes, conduct individual and group counseling, and provide support during and after treatment using techniques grounded in science. Counselors receive training from programs (including local community colleges and academies) that specialize in addiction counseling education. This training lays the groundwork for becoming registered and certified.


Tuition Incentive Program


SUD Counselors register and become certified with one of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation organizations recognized by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS):



Organizations and treatment facilities across Los Angeles County need more SUD Counselors to deliver effective treatment strategies and support individuals who are recovering from addiction.


Becoming a certified SUD Counselor is a rewarding career in one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing healthcare fields. Are you ready to make a difference?


In 2017, an estimated 14.5 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse Counselors rank #4 in Best Social Services Jobs and #50 in 100 Best Jobs. - U.S. News & World Report

In 2017, an estimated 1.7 million people aged 12 or older had a pain reliever use disorder. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Affiliated Associations

Find out more about how you can become a certified SUD Counselor by clicking on the associations below.

California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators

California Association for
Drug/Alcohol Educators


Contact:
Email: office@accbc.org

California Association of DUI Treatment Programs

California Association of
DUI Treatment Programs


Contact:
1026 W. El Norte Pkwy. PMB 143
Escondido CA 92026
Phone: (800) 464-3597
Email: info@cadtp.org

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

Contact:
PO Box 214127,
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: (800) 564-5927

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