Become a Licensed Addiction Counselor

  • A Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) is a true behavioral health clinician who can provide co-occurring services
  • Substance use treatment is in the scope of practice for licensed behavioral health clinicians but there’s little focus on addiction training
  • Becoming a LAC means potential for job promotion and higher compensation


Correcting Common Myths:

  • It IS acceptable for students and new professionals post-graduation to work towards an addictions credential (CAC II, CAC III, LAC) while also working concurrently towards an additional behavioral health credential (LPC, LMFT, LCSW, PSY).
  • A student in a clinical behavioral health Masters program CAN earn clinically supervised work experience hours towards a CAC or LAC, if they are supervised by a CAC III or LAC while accumulating their internship or practicum hours.
  • It takes 18 months to get your Licensed Addiction Counselor clinically supervised work experience hours.
  • Clinical supervision hours  DO NOT EXPIRE.


Eligible Master’s/Doctoral Degrees for Dual Credential:
Community Counseling
Human Services Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Human Psychology
Clinical Social Work
Psychiatric Nursing/Advanced Practice Nursing
Addictionologist – Addiction Medicine
Behavioral Health Sciences or qualified equivalent


Refer to the handbook on the CDHS website for CAC and LAC Training Requirements (pages 20-24)! (


         For more information, contact Mary
         McMahon at 303.866.7826 or