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Alcohol & Drug Counselor

An Alcohol and Drug Counselor, also known as an Addiction Counselor, is an important part of today's functioning society. Substance abuse is a problem that can affect millions of people regardless of their age, financial status, or ethnic background. Substance abuse goes far beyond the simple need or desire to take a controlled substance; it causes addicts to lose their jobs, families and their sense of purpose. To help someone in need of recovery, it requires an understanding of what addiction is, why it occurs, and how it develops into an "addiction."

The Alcohol and Drug Counselor Program at National Polytechnic College (NPCollege) is structured to train students with or without any prior exposure or experience in the substance abuse field, including:

  • Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • Pharmacology
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Case Management
  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling
  • Law and Ethics


The end result is to provide students with the professional skills necessary to obtain RADT I and RADT II certifications and counsel clients in need of recovery or already in the recovery process, while considering gender, age and cultural factors.


Approved by The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), formally known as California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC).





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