You wouldn’t seek medical help from an unlicensed doctor, so why would you use an unlicensed counselor?

Unfortunately, many counselors are not licensed and some alcohol and drug programs have such counselors on their staff. Employing unlicensed counselors saves facilities money, but it’s at the expense of their clients, who suffer.

Licensing of professional counselors occurs at the state level and requirements vary. However, they typically require a minimum educational level, supervised clinical experience, and successful completion of a licensing exam. Some states require periodic continuing education in the field of counseling. The objective of these standards is to protect the public.

There is a great variety of licenses, including LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), CAC (Certified Addictions Counselor), CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor), CCDP (Certified Co-occurring Disorders Counselor), LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor), LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), NCAC (National Certified Addiction Counselor), ICADC (Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor), MAC (Master Addiction Counselor) and many more. The requirements for certification and licensure are reasonable and there is no reason to accept counselors who have not become licensed.

Beware of any facility that creates its own self-licensing of its employees. This is a major red flag because self-licensing is both meaningless and deceptive.

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