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About the LAADC (Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
As efforts continue to advocate for State drug and alcohol Licensure, in the meantime California Certification Board Of Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Counselors (CCBADC) have now begun to offer this new non-governmental issued license. To assure a consistent
standard of quality education, training and experience for an advanced licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Licensure is necessary
to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare, and to protect the public from unauthorized services delivered by non-licensed
alcohol/drug counselors, and unprofessional contact by certified/licensed alcohol/drug counselors. The LAADC is designed to
align with national/international standards of competency as developed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
(IC&RC) and includes, but is not limited to, a master's degree requirement and reciprocity. Additionally, this license was
designed to align with previous legislation submitted to the California legislature. Requirements: practicum log and evaluation, supervisors
and peer letters, transcripts verifying 315 hours of education, criminal background summary, proof of liability insurance,
10,000 hours (5 years) supervised experience, signed Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice, pass written exam, appropriate fees
Counseling is provided in both outpatient or residential settings. Because of the nature of counseling and the variety of certifications available in addiction treatment, we need to let you know our criteria of being listed on our website here at Arcuria, California Recovery Resources. Here, Counselors listed have a private practice and hold Licenses or Certifications with the State, as well as malpractice insurance for working with patients in a one-on-one setting. They do not include those certified to do substance abuse counseling at a Licensed Treatment Facility.
There are rules governing who may provide addiction counseling and/or
psychotherapy. Individual practitioners that are able to provide services outside of a licensed treatment center must be licensed as an LMFT, LCSW, PhD (Clinical Psychologist), MD or LAADC. All other types of addiction counseling certifications must be providing services through a licensed treatment center.
Counseling is one alternative to residential treatment but is best combined with, or continued after, a main treatment program. The advantage of counseling is that you have one-on-one time with a counselor which can help you resolve old issues and delve into the reason you became addicted in the first place. Counseling can be an essential part of recovery and staying clean and sober. If those issues go unresolved, they will create a situation where you are uncomfortable in your own skin and will eventually go back to bad behaviors which you used to help you cope.