LADAC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor)

Are You Interested in Becoming a New Mexico Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor?

  • If you are a student pursuing a degree in the Social Sciences (Human Services, Psychology, Counseling, Social Work)
  • If you are a Behavioral Health Care professional
  • If you are a Licensed Therapist or Social Worker
  • If you have a personal or professional interest in working with addictions

Then check into our online LADAC classes!

LADAC Coursework

We offer 18.5 college credits of coursework which provide all of the academic requirements to become a LADAC. Classes are designed for students who want state-of-the-art knowledge and hands-on skills.

HUSV 150: Counseling Ethics
Explore the complex challenges, guidelines and laws that form an integral part of being a counselor. Ethical dilemmas such as dual relationships, boundaries, limits of confidentiality and licensing board rules and regulations are presented. Practical applications of professional ethics are discussed and analyzed.

HUSV 200: Psychology of Addictive Behavior 
This is an exploration of the historical and current theories about the addictive and recovery process. Students examine the impact of addiction on not only the addict, but their families, their workplace, and their communities.

HUSV 205: Effects of Drug Abuse
Get acquainted with the wide range of drugs of abuse that are in use today. The focus is on the physical, neurobiological, psychological and social effects of these drugs, as well as the social issues and legal consequences for addiction.

HUSV 210: Substance Abuse Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment
Learn about the process of assessing and evaluating addictive disorders, and the multiple challenges for the addict and the counselor to access the full range of services that are often necessary for getting help. Intervention, thorough assessment, recognizing co-occurring disorders, formulating treatment plans, addressing relapse prevention and planning for the continuum of care will be covered in this course.

HUSV 215: Substance Abuse in Families
Addiction and family dynamics often create a “perfect storm.” Learn how to understand and support families who are dealing with the devastation that addiction causes, including the impact on family identity, problem solving strategies, family ritual disruptions and the intergenerational legacy of addiction.

HUSV 220: Substance Abuse Prevention
Prevention focuses on children and adolescents before they begin using drugs or alcohol. This course meets the state of New Mexico Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATODA) requirements and prepares you to become a candidate for certification as a prevention intern.

HUSV 225: Counseling Skills for Addictions Professionals
Gain the applied skills, techniques, and varied approaches to the addiction treatment continuum of care, with an emphasis is on understanding individual, group, and family dynamics, gaining effective helping strategies and honing interpersonal skills.

Classes are offered online. Our tuition is affordable and our classes are easily accessible.

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Our LADAC coursework fulfills the state and national academic requirements for people who want to be licensed or certified addictions professionals. Many New Mexicans understand the real impact of addiction…the shattered families, the financial heartaches, the legacy of hopelessness. We are one of the few states in the U.S. where you can become a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor with an associate degree in social science and our additional LADAC coursework.

For more information, please contact Liz Cervio, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, 505-428-1236,