Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance Abuse Counselor Certification

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Help Change Lives

Are you prepared to show warmth and empathy to a client struggling with drug or alcohol abuse? Are you able to commit to your client’s health while maintaining your own well being? If so, then a career as a certified substance abuse counselor may be right for you.

As a substance abuse counselor, you will play a very important role in the life of your clients. You will provide them with information and support to overcome their chemical dependency by applying the 12 Core Functions of a Substance Abuse Counselor.*

MWCC’s Substance Abuse Counseling program trains students to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) so they are ready to sit for the IC&RC International Examination for Alcohol & Drug Counselors (ADC). It also prepares students to take the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for Licensure of Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (LADC II) certification exam.


Your courses will address alcohol and drug abuse assessment and counseling, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, case management, and education for patients, families, and the greater community. The 8-course program ends with a 300-hour practicum that offers you an opportunity for on-the-job experience while also earning supervised hours that can be applied to qualify for state certification.

Continue to a Degree

Students who complete this 8-course certificate may choose apply their credits toward the A.S. in Human Services, completing their Associate’s Degree with just 8 more courses.



*The 12 Core Functions of a Substance Abuse Counselor

  1. Screening
  2. Intake
  3. Orientation
  4. Assessment
  5. Treatment Planning
  6. Counseling (Individual, Group, and Significant Others)
  7. Case Management
  8. Crisis Intervention
  9. Client Education
  10. Referral
  11. Report and Record Keeping
  12. Consultation with other Professionals in Regard to Client Treatment/Services