Category Archives: Addiction Counselor Best Practices

Alternative Therapies in Addiction Treatment

August 18, 2020

Professional substance abuse treatment can make the difference between continued suffering and a healthy, sober life. As a counselor, it can be beneficial and important for your treatment plan to also include alternative therapies that address trauma and other elements … Continue reading

Several Alternative Treatments Show Promises for PTSD Patients

July 20, 2020

As counselors and professionals in the addiction treatment industry, we will surely come across individuals with cooccurring disorders. A very common mineral health concern is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Individuals with PTSD may show a variety of symptoms … Continue reading

What Addiction Certification Is Best for You?

May 18, 2020

Those considering a career in the addiction field often ask which certification is right for them. Of course, there is no right answer, as the decision largely depends on each student’s personal circumstances as well as their goals in the … Continue reading

The Difference Between a Certified Addiction Counselor and Professional

May 4, 2020

Just a few years ago, the Florida Certification Board had three counselor-level certifications including the Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) and Certified Addiction Professional (CAP). Eventually the CAS was discontinued. Some time thereafter, the FCB introduced a mandate … Continue reading

Career Outlook for Those in Addiction Studies Courses

March 6, 2020

We often receive calls from prospective students interested in finding out more about career possibilities in the field of addiction once they have received their certification. It is a very difficult question to answer, but in this blog post, we … Continue reading

Difference Between Certified Behavioral Health Technicians and Certified Recovery Support Specialists

February 14, 2020

When prospective students call us looking for an entry-level certification in the behavioral health industry, they have more often than not heard of the Certified Behavioral Health Technician or CBHT. Many times, however, they do not know much about the … Continue reading

How to Be the Best Substance Abuse Counselor to Every Client

January 3, 2020

You’ve taken your Certified Addiction Professional or Certified Addiction Counselor course and you have passed your Florida Certification Board exam with flying colors! it may have felt like a long time in the making, but now the real work begins. … Continue reading

The Dangers of Over-Using Mental Health Buzzwords

March 28, 2019

As mental health professionals, we are acutely aware of the gap between the number of people with diagnosable, verifiable and treatable psychological and mental health issues versus the number that actually receive appropriate care. Sadly, while the former is on … Continue reading

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Being a Better Counselor

January 7, 2019

Being a substance abuse counselor comes with a great deal of responsibility. Responsibility to clients, the facility for which you work (or your employees if you are a manager or self-employed) and even to yourself. The stresses of the year … Continue reading

Individualized Treatment Plans vs Connecting with A Client

April 22, 2018

Log on to most treatment center’s websites and invariably you will find them touting “individualized treatment plans” as one of the key ingredients that sets their treatment center apart from the countless thousands of others nationwide. On the surface this … Continue reading

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The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (South Florida Location) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.