The Addiction Counseling Certificate (ACC) is a 21-credit hour program that provides specialized education and training in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) disorders. The coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focusing on evidence-based research and best practice standards. Specialized clinical experience complements the coursework. This certificate program fulfills the educational requirements for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) credential.

Program Benefits

The Department of Counselor Education, which offers the Addiction Counseling Certificate, is housed within the Daniel L. Goodman College of Education. The Department offers flexible evening classes.

Counselor Education students receive personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain valuable connection in the counseling field at local, national, and international levels.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options

The Addiction Counseling Certificate program prepares students for employment in such settings including, but not limited to:

  • Drug intervention programs
  • Hospitals Substance abuse recovery centers
  • Community counseling centers
  • Middle and high schools
  • Alcohol and drug abuse counselor instructors
  • Court services

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Addiction Counseling Certificate and the courses offered toward the program.

Addiction Counseling Certificate

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or

Counselor Education

About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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