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Alabama: Overview and Certification Process

Welcome to the Alabama State Board section, where you can find all the necessary information to become a certified substance abuse counselor in Alabama.

Whether you’re just starting your career or looking to upgrade your qualifications, this section provides a clear path to achieving your professional goals.

Alabama offers various credentials in substance abuse counseling, reflecting the state’s commitment to comprehensive and accessible addiction care. Below, you’ll | find key organizations, available credentials, and answers to your frequently asked questions.

Alabama Substance Abuse Counselor Certification Guide

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Welcome Message: Welcome to your comprehensive resource for becoming a certified substance abuse counselor in Alabama. Here, you’ll find all the information you need to start, advance, or transition your career. Explore the sections below, ask questions, and engage with our community.

Certification Process Getting Started:

  • Initial Certification: To become a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) in Alabama, meet the educational and experiential requirements. Infographic | Download Guide | Certification Timeline

State-Specific Certification Requirements Key Organizations and Contacts:

  • Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (AADAA)
    • Address: P.O. Box 310, Eva, AL 35621
    • Phone: (256) 796-4490
    • Website: AADAA
    • National Affiliate: IC&RC
  • Alabama Association of Addiction Counselors (AAAC)
    • Address: P.O. Box 4704, Blue Mountain, AL
    • Phone: (256) 797-9238
    • Website: AAAC
    • National Affiliate: NAADAC

Credentials Available:

  • Associate Addiction Professional (AAP)
  • Certified Adolescent Alcohol & Drug Abuse Professional (CAADP)
  • Alcohol Drug Counselor (ADC)
  • Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
  • Associate Prevention Specialist (APS)
  • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)
  • Certified Prevention Manager (CPM)

Common Questions and Answers:

  • What are the educational requirements for SAC certification in Alabama?
    • A minimum of an associate degree in a related field is required. DSPS Requirements
  • How do I apply for the SAC certification?
    • Apply through the DSPS website with your transcripts and proof of supervised hours.
  • Are there any online courses available for certification?
    • Yes, many accredited institutions offer online courses that DSPS accepts.
  • What is the required number of supervised hours?
    • You must complete at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience for SAC certification.
  • Can I transfer my certification from another state?
    • Yes, Alabama accepts reciprocity applications. Submit proof of your current certification, transcripts, and supervised hours.
  • Do I need to take a certification exam?
    • Yes, you must pass the IC&RC exam administered by DSPS.
  • How often do I need to renew my certification?
    • Certification must be renewed every two years.
  • What are the continuing education requirements for renewal?
    • Complete 40 CEUs every two years, including specific ethics training.
  • Can previous work experience count toward supervised hours?
    • Yes, if it meets the certification board’s requirements.
  • What is the fee for the SAC exam?
    • The exam fee is $200.
  • Are there study guides available for the SAC exam?
    • Yes, study guides are available on our Resources Page.
  • How do I find a supervisor for my clinical hours?
    • Check our Professional Directory for qualified supervisors.
  • What happens if I don’t pass the exam on the first attempt?
    • You can retake the exam. Check with DSPS for retake policies.
  • Can I volunteer to gain experience in substance abuse counseling?
    • Yes, volunteer opportunities are listed on our Volunteer Opportunities page.
  • How do I stay updated on industry trends and best practices?
    • Subscribe to our newsletters and attend our webinars and workshops.
  • Is there a support group for substance abuse counselors?
    • Yes, join our Support Groups section for peer support.
  • What are the job prospects for substance abuse counselors in Alabama?
    • Job prospects are strong, with a growing demand for qualified counselors. Job Prospects
  • Can I specialize in a particular area of substance abuse counseling?
    • Yes, specializations include adolescent counseling, family therapy, and co-occurring disorders. Specializations
  • How do I join a peer support group for professionals?
    • Access our Support Groups section to join a peer support group.
  • Can I attend in-person workshops?
    • Yes, information on in-person workshops is available in our Community Events section.
  • How do I contact DSPS for more information?
    • Visit the board’s website or call their office for assistance. Contact Information

Online Resources

  • Certification Guide
  • Application Form
  • Study Guides
  • Practice Tests
  • Continuing Education Courses
  • Online Courses
  • Webinars
  • Workshops
  • Scholarship Information
  • Job Board
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Support Groups
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Professional Directory
  • Resource Guides
  • Newsletters
  • Industry Updates
  • Advocacy and Awareness
  • Community Events
  • CEU Courses
  • Ethics Training

Join our Community: ask questions, share your journey, and connect with others! Together, we can make a difference.

General FAQs:

  • What is the mission of
    • Our mission is to educate and empower individuals to achieve their maximum potential in substance abuse counseling, providing support and resources for certification, recovery, and professional development. Our Mission
  • How can I contact for support?
    • Use our Contact Us form or call our support line for assistance.
  • What resources are available for continuing education?
    • Access our CEU Courses, webinars, and workshops for ongoing learning.
  • How do I join the community forums?
    • Register on our website to join the forums and participate in discussions. Join Forums
  • What is the Recovery Mastery University (RMU)?
    • RMU is our comprehensive educational program offering mentorship, training, and group coaching for those in recovery and pursuing substance abuse counseling careers. Learn More
  • How do I enroll in the 5-Day Substance Freedom Challenge?
    • Sign up on our Events page for the next challenge session.
  • Can I access past webinar recordings?
    • Yes, all past webinars are available in our Resources section.
  • What are the benefits of VIP membership?
    • VIP members receive exclusive resources, one-on-one consultations, and priority access to events. VIP Membership
  • How do I subscribe to the newsletter?
    • Enter your email in the Newsletter Signup form in the footer of our website.
  • What support is available for recovering addicts?
    • Join our recovery support groups, access recovery resources, and participate in our mentoring programs. Recovery Support
  • How do I get listed in the professional directory?
    • Complete the directory listing application on our Professional Directory page.
  • What is the cost of certification courses?
    • Course fees vary; check our Courses page for detailed pricing.
  • Can I attend in-person workshops?
    • Yes, information on in-person workshops is available in our Community Events section.
  • How do I become a guest speaker for webinars?
    • Contact us through the Speaker Application form on our website.
  • What is the refund policy for paid courses?
    • Check our Refund Policy page for detailed information on course refunds.
  • How do I report technical issues with the website?
    • Use our Technical Support form to report any issues.
  • Are there resources for family members of addicts?
    • Yes, access our Family Support section for resources tailored to family members.
  • How can I volunteer with
    • Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to find ways to get involved.
  • What are the benefits of mentorship programs?
    • Mentorship programs offer guidance, support, and professional growth opportunities. Mentorship Benefits
  • Can I access resources from my mobile device?
    • Yes, our website is mobile-friendly and accessible from any device.
  • How do I apply for scholarships?
    • Check our Scholarship Information page for application details and deadlines.

Community Input Encouragement: We have gone into great detail to provide accurate and comprehensive information for each state. However, there may be new updates or additional details that can enhance this guide. If you encounter any errors or have any suggestions, additions, or updates, please use the Contact Us page or leave a comment below. Your contributions are invaluable in keeping this resource current and beneficial for everyone. Together, we can make this guide even more effective and helpful.

Join our community, ask questions, share your journey, and connect with others! Together, we can make a difference.

Organization Alabama Alcohol
and Drug Abuse
Alabama Association
of Addiction
Address P.O. Box 310
Eva, AL 35621
P.O. Box 4704
Blue Mountain, AL
Phone # (256) 796-4490
National Affiliate IC&RC NAADAC


Credentials Available

Associate Addiction Professional(AAP)
Certified Adolescent Alcohol & Drug Abuse Professional(CAADP)
Alcohol Drug Counselor(ADC)
Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat(CCDP-D)
Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional(CCDP)
Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist(CCJAS)
Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional(CCJP)
Certified Clinical Supervisor(CCS)
Associate Prevention Specialist(APS)
Certified Prevention Specialist(CPS)
Certified Prevention Manager(CPM)
Certified Addiction Counselor(CAC)-NAADAC Affiliate


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I have a bachelor’s and master’s in psychology from Auburn University. What steps to I need to take in order to become a certified substance abuse counselor?

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