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Certification with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA)

If you’re thinking about becoming a certified substance abuse counselor in Georgia? That’s fantastic! Let me tell you, getting certified by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA) is a big deal. It’s like earning your superhero cape in the world of counseling. This certification validates your skills and shows you’re committed to making a real difference in people’s lives.

But why is this certification so important? Picture this: you’re at a crossroads, armed with your education and passion, but you need that extra boost to start your journey. ADACBGA certification is that boost. It opens doors, builds credibility, and ensures you’re well-prepared to tackle the challenges of substance abuse counseling. So, let’s dive into why and how you can become certified.

What is ADACBGA?

Imagine ADACBGA as the wise mentor in your hero’s journey. The organization sets the standards for certification, ensuring you’re equipped with the proper knowledge and skills. Established to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards, ADACBGA ensures that every certified counselor can provide top-notch care to those in need.

Benefits of ADACBGA Certification

Professional Recognition

Obtaining certification from ADACBGA is like holding a golden ticket in the professional world of substance abuse counseling. This certification is a powerful endorsement of your expertise, demonstrating to employers and clients that you have met the highest standards of education, experience, and ethical practice. It’s not just about meeting criteria—it’s about showcasing your commitment to excellence and dedication to providing top-notch care.

Imagine walking into a job interview or meeting a new client, and the moment they see your ADACBGA certification, their confidence in your abilities instantly soars. Employers recognize that hiring a certified professional means bringing on someone who is not only knowledgeable but also deeply committed to ethical and effective counseling practices. Clients feel reassured knowing they are in the hands of someone who has undergone rigorous training and testing.

Certification from ADACBGA sets you apart in a competitive job market. It highlights your dedication to your profession and readiness to take on challenging roles confidently and competently. It transforms your career trajectory, opening doors to advanced positions, leadership opportunities, and a robust professional reputation.

Career Advancement

Achieving certification with ADACBGA is more than just a credential—it’s your ticket to significant career growth. In the competitive field of substance abuse counseling, certification is often the key that unlocks doors to new opportunities. Many employers prefer but usually require this certification for advanced positions, making it an essential step for anyone serious about progressing in their career.

With ADACBGA certification, you position yourself as a top candidate for the best job opportunities. It signals to employers that you have met rigorous professional standards and are committed to maintaining high competency levels and ethical practice. This certification can be a game-changer, leading to higher-paying roles and greater job security.

Imagine being in line for a promotion or applying for your dream job. Your ADACBGA certification not only makes your application stand out but also assures employers that you bring unmatched expertise and professionalism. It demonstrates that you are well-prepared to handle the complexities of substance abuse counseling, making you a valuable asset to any organization.

In essence, ADACBGA certification can propel your career forward, providing opportunities for leadership roles, specialized positions, and increased earning potential. It’s an investment in your future that pays dividends in professional growth and recognition.

Increased Knowledge

Getting certified ensures you stay updated with the latest best practices and ethical standards in substance abuse counseling.

Networking Opportunities

Certification connects you with a network of professionals who share your passion. It’s a great way to exchange ideas and seek advice and support.

Tips for Success

Embarking on becoming an ADACBGA-certified substance abuse counselor is no small feat. It’s a path that requires dedication, preparation, and a few insider tips to help you along the way. Here are some essential tips to ensure your success.

Organizational Tips

Let’s face it—organization is critical. Keeping track of your educational requirements, supervised hours, and application documents can feel like juggling flaming torches. But don’t worry, you’ve got this! Start by creating a detailed checklist of all the steps you need to complete. Use digital tools like Google Calendar or Trello to set reminders and deadlines. Keep all your essential documents in a well-organized physical or digital folder to easily access them when needed. Remember, staying organized is like having a roadmap for your journey—without it, you might find yourself lost in the wilderness.

Utilizing Available Resources

You’re not alone on this path—plenty of resources are available to help you succeed. These resources are your trusty sidekicks, always there to support you. Use study guides and practice exams to prepare for the certification test. Join study groups or online forums to share knowledge and ask questions. Don’t forget to take advantage of mentorship programs; learning from someone who’s already walked this path can provide invaluable insights. And always keep an eye on the ADACBGA website for updates and resources. It’s like having a treasure map that leads you to hidden gems of information.

Networking isn’t just about shaking hands and exchanging business cards; it’s about building relationships that can support and inspire you. Attend workshops, conferences, and seminars to meet other professionals in the field. Engage with professional associations like NAADAC to stay connected with the latest industry trends and best practices. Think of networking as weaving a web of connections that can catch opportunities, knowledge, and support. Staying updated with industry standards ensures that your skills and knowledge remain sharp and relevant, making you a more effective counselor.

Your journey to ADACBGA certification can be smooth and thriving with the right strategies. Stay organized, leverage available resources, and build a strong network within the industry. By following these tips, you’ll achieve certification and set the stage for a rewarding and impactful career in substance abuse counseling. Ready to dive deeper? Let’s move on to the next section and explore the resources and support available to you.

Resources and Support

Embarking on the path to ADACBGA certification can feel like navigating uncharted waters, but fear not! You’ll be well-equipped to reach your destination with the right resources and support. Here’s a treasure trove of valuable resources to guide you.


Your first port of call should be the ADACBGA website. This comprehensive hub provides all the information you need about certification requirements, application procedures, and upcoming events. You’ll find detailed guidelines on educational prerequisites, supervised experience, and the certification exam. The website also offers downloadable forms, FAQs, and contact details for further assistance. It’s like your personal map, charting your course to certification.

Study Materials

Preparation is essential; having suitable study materials can make all the difference. You can find a wealth of study guides and practice exams on the ADACBGA website and other reputable sources like NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors). These materials cover all the essential topics, from assessment techniques to ethical guidelines, helping you to hone your skills and knowledge. Think of them as your training manual, ensuring you’re fully prepared for the certification exam.

Continuing Education

Maintaining your certification requires ongoing learning and professional development. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The ADACBGA website lists approved CEU courses and providers, from online webinars to in-person workshops. These courses cover the latest trends and best practices in substance abuse counseling, keeping you at the forefront of the field. Consider this your continuous training to keep your skills sharp and relevant.

Professional Associations

Joining professional associations can open doors to networking, resources, and support. Relevant associations to consider include:

  • NAADAC: Offers educational resources, certification programs, and a platform to connect with peers.
  • GACA (Georgia Addiction Counselors Association): Provides training, networking opportunities, and advocacy for addiction counselors in Georgia.
  • APA (American Psychological Association): While broader in scope, APA offers valuable resources and continuing education for counseling professionals.

These associations are like your allies in the field, providing support, knowledge, and opportunities to grow.

In summary, your journey to ADACBGA certification is well-supported by many resources. You have everything you need to succeed, from the comprehensive information on the ADACBGA website to the detailed study materials, continuing education opportunities, and professional associations. Dive into these resources, stay committed, and you’ll confidently navigate the path to certification.

Ready to take the plunge? Let’s continue this adventure together!


In conclusion, achieving certification with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA) is a crucial step for any aspiring substance abuse counselor in Georgia. This certification validates your skills and knowledge and sets you apart as a dedicated and competent professional. It opens doors to career advancement, ensures you stay updated with the latest best practices, and connects you with a network of like-minded professionals. The journey to certification may be rigorous, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

So, why wait? Begin your certification journey today and take a significant step toward making a meaningful impact in substance abuse counseling. Your dedication and commitment to professional excellence will enhance your career and transform the lives of those you serve.

Ready to embark on your certification journey? Visit the ADACBGA website to get started. You will find detailed information on the certification process, educational requirements, and application procedures there.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please reach out. You can contact ADACBGA directly at:

Take the first step today and join the community of certified substance abuse counselors dedicated to making a difference. Your journey to certification starts now!

Organization Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia Georgia Addiction Counselors Association
Address 6755 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. #110
Atlanta, GA 30360
4015 South Cobb Dr. Ste. 160
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone # (770) 825-0481  (770) 434-1000
National Affiliate IC&RC NAADAC
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I am a licensed chemical dependency counselor INTERN from texas; I now live in Georgia and never starting accruing hours as an intern in tx. I have a bs in criminal justice and many years experience as a former PO and correctional counselor in a TC environment at tn prison for women. I will be making my home in ga and would like to be a substance abuse counselor intern working toward my licensing as a certified counselor one day. what do I need to do to obtain status as a licensed chemical dependency counselor intern in Georgia? in texas… Read more »

Contact Kelly Moselle at the ADACBGA. The phone number is on the website… adacbga dot org. He can give you the specifics about the Georgia CADC-T (trainee credential). Your experience and previous CEs, clinical supervision, etc. you gained in Texas should still be able to count in Georgia as well. You might be closer to full certification than you think! 🙂 Kelly will help you. Amanda might answer the phone as well – she can help you just the same.

Welcome to Georgia!!

You have two options in Georgia and it seems like either certification is acceptable by most employers. I moved to Georgia from Louisiana and went with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA) because I was already affiliated with IC&RC. The staff at ADACBGA was very helpful. You can certainly get a substance abuse certification with a bachelor’s degree, but you will get hours with a certified clinical supervisor. With the ADACBGA you can start as a CADC Trainee. Good luck and welcome to Georgia.

I have been a substance counselor for 20 yrs. I have moved to Ga I was told my certification from IL or FL are not accatable here what do I need to do. Would national certification be allowed?

I’m not sure what certification that you have, but IL and FL are both affiliated with IC&RC. I would contact Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. Their website is at They were very helpful when I moved to GA.

Roberta, I am on the Board of Directors of the ADACBGA. We have direct reciprocity with Florida if you are certified already through the Florida board. You should contact the Florida Certification Board and ask for a Reciprocity Application. You then submit that to the Florida board…they will, in turn, submit it to IC&RC… IC&RC will then send to ADACBGA what your reciprocal/equivalent credential is in the State of Georgia. It’s a very easy process (costs $100 I believe), but it has to start with the board where you are already certified (in this case Florida). We reciprocate between FL… Read more »

Hi, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an interest in becoming a Certified or Licensed in Substance abuse. I currently work for the department of defense in the substance abuse dept overseas. Is it possible for me to work on my certification via online? I understand having to come to the States for the written test which is no problem. My LCSW is under Ga State Board. Also which substance abuse license or certification is considered to be the highest level? Thanks

If you are at the Masters level, you should obtain the CAADC through the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA), the IC&RC affiliate. You can get the information at their website (adacbga dot org). That is the highest substance abuse counselor certification in the State of Georgia.

In the State of Georgia is there a difference between a CAC and CDAC?

Georgia does not license addiction counselors. However, counselors can demonstrate qualifications through voluntary third party certification.

The Georgia Addiction Counselors Association Certification Board is affiliated with the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) . The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia is a member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC).

Both organizations have provisions for reviewing and certifying addiction counselors who have been granted certification by other agencies.

Matt, The CAC is through GACA and the CADC or CAADC is through the ADACBGA. The later (ADACBGA) is the IC&RC affiliate, and there are multiple states and foreign countries that have direct, simple reciprocity if you ever move. GACA is a NAADAC affiliate without the same reciprocal advantages. That said, within the State of GA they are recognized equally. GACA requires clinical supervision from only one of THEIR clinical supervisors, so depending on where you reside that could be a barrier. ADACBGA allows supervision from either board or from a Licensed professional (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, etc.) who has addiction… Read more »

I hold a B. A. In Sociology with minors in Criminal and Social Skills. How due I obtain certification in Substance Abuse Counseling and/or counseling in GA? I have no idea where to even start.

Hey Nikki!! If you will contact the ADACBGA (phone number and email address on the website… adacbga dot org) you can see all the applications. I could encourage you to call the board and speak to either Amanda or Kelly and they can guide you. It can certainly be overwhelming! With your BA in Sociology you could quality for the CADC-II through ADACBGA, which gives you the ability to practice independently in the State of Georgia without ongoing clinical supervision after you are certified.


I need to find e-counseling training in ethics; clinical principles/ treatment modalities; and legal & jurisdictional implications. Who offers these trainings?

I am considering moving from new Jersey to Georgia and will be recieving my certification in a few months . Does Georgia have reciprocity?

I am a certified CASAC from NYS, my certification ends on 2/2022
I am trying to change my certification to Georgia standards, can you please contact me for future references.

Hi VeNeice, I am trying to the same thing were you able to change your CASAC certification to Georgia?

I am a certified life coach. I have a bachelors in computer science but have been working with teens possessing mental health diagnosis and drug additions. I facilitate group sessions (parentingting, anger management, substance abuse and soft skills) I also provide 1-1 and family coaching. Am I eligible for an addiction or substance abuse certification?

I am interested in getting certified in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling. Any suggestions on where to get the training…

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