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Description of an ADCA

The main responsibilities of an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Aide (ADCA) include acquiring knowledge and experience in the performance of alcohol and drug counseling services, including but not limited to knowledge of ethical standards. An alcohol and drug counseling aide may facilitate individual and direct group counseling or assume other facilitation duties under supervision, and may supervise nonclinical activities. All work performed must be under the supervision of a certified clinical supervisor. Note: An alcohol and drug counseling aide may not engage in independent or private practice. All work associated with the apprenticeship may be conducted within an agency only.

ADCA Work Settings and Populations Served

  • An ADCA works with people of all ages in recovery from alcohol and/or drug use disorders
  • Work in a variety of settings, but must be employed by an agency

Hiring Requirements

A person applying as an ADCA must pass a criminal background check given by the employing agency.




Be at least 18 years old

​Have a 10-year non certified motor vehicle report

​Have a high school diploma or GED

​Employment by an agency with name of person who will be applicant’s certified clinical supervisor required





A person who is working as an ADCA can move into the following positions with additional education:

Health Services:

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
  • CNA
  • CNA-M
  • LPN
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Degree

Human Services:

  • MHRT-I
  • PSS
  • DSP