Alcohol and drug counselors provide counseling for people who experience addiction as well as other related behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.
Alcohol and drug counselors, also called substance abuse counselors, 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, Motivational Interviewing, and other evidence-based practices to guide their practice. They teach clients how to manage their addiction and provide them with 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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE for candidates applying for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT):
The IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam is accepted by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) to meet the state’s exam requirement in application for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential. The Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam is also accepted by BBHT for the LADC exam requirement. Licensure application for the LADC is a separate process, and forms are available through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT). Please note that the LADC credential does not have IC&RC reciprocity.
The ADC-MN is an entry-level, state-level, non-reciprocal credential. While this is a non-reciprocal credential, it may be upgraded to a reciprocal ADCR-MN credential with specific experience in the field.
The ADCR-MN 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. The requirements for the ADCR-MN credential are the same as the ADC-MN credential, except an additional 6000 hours of work experience in the alcohol and drug counseling field are required.
You can either initially apply for the ADC-MN, keep the ADC-MN active, and upgrade when you have acquired 6000 hours of experience OR if you have 6000 hours of experience at the time of application, you can apply immediately for the ADCR-MN.