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If you’ve always wanted to help others, consider the growing field of addiction services. Addiction treatment and prevention agencies across New Jersey employ thousands of dedicated individuals working hard to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

5,000 New Counselors Needed Annually...
In 2000, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center identified workforce development as one of the five major issues to be addressed in order to improve substance use disorder care. The report stated that nearly 5,000 new counselors are required annually to meet current treatment delivery needs. 

In addition, the State of New Jersey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects that the number of job openings for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors from the year 2004 to 2014 will increase by 26%. 

The Division of Addiction Services (DAS) requires that licensed treatment facilities employ professionals who are licensed or certified as addiction professionals.  The following resources may be helpful as you explore this field more carefully.

 
 
Becoming a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
The LCADC and the CADC are granted by the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee to provide alcohol and drug counseling in the State of New Jersey. 

Alcohol and drug counseling means the professional application of alcohol and drug counseling methods which assist an individual or group to develop an understanding of alcohol and drug dependency problems, define goals, and plan actions reflecting the individual’s or group’s interest, abilities, and needs as affected by alcohol and drug dependency problems. 

To obtain the application for the LCADC or the CADC, please visit the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee website at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/alcohol/.   

The site also contains important information regarding certification and licensure requirements, laws, and regulations that govern the practice of alcohol and drug counseling in New Jersey.  The link to an overview that outlines the various requirements involved in becoming a LCADC or a CADC is listed below.

For information regarding other addiction-related certifications that are available, such as the Chemical Dependency Associate (CDA), Recovery Mentor Associate (RMA), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), and the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), please visit The Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) at www.certbd.com/applications/newapplications.htm. 

For requirements for Certification (CADC) (click here).

 
 
For More Information...
State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee - http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical/alcdrug.htm; Phone: 973-504-6582.

New Jersey Prevention Network, Addiction Training and Workforce Development Initiative - www.njpn.org.; Phone:  732-367-0611.

Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey - www.certbd.com; Phone:  732-249-1991

Division of Addiction Services, Elizabeth Conte, Workforce Development & Training Coordinator - Elizabeth.Conte@dhs.state.nj.us; Phone: 609-943-5893

 
 
 
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