Alcohol & Drug Abuse CounselingADAC

The ADAC program at Midland College offers individuals seeking licensure as a chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) the credentialing requirements to register as LCDC - Intern (counselor intern) with the State of Texas.

The program provides an innovative education using evidence-based theory and practices as the academic foundation for the learner. The ADAC program strongly emphasizes theoretical approaches to counseling which include understanding multiculturalism, family systems' approaches, behavioral approaches, group and individual approaches, as well as offering education on co-occurring conditions and the most current drugs of choice.


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Two students talking on a couch practicing counseling skills


Program Details

The associate of applied science (AAS) degree in ADAC is a technical program designed to prepare the student for a career in substance abuse counseling. The AAS takes about two and one-half years to complete and the certificate takes about a year and one-half to complete. The Texas Department of State Health Services requires the minimum of the AAS to become a fully licensed chemical dependency counselor; the certificate plan is designed for the student who already possesses a completed college degree or is for the student who desires to start working in the field relatively quickly and plans to complete the degree while simultaneously working in the field of addiction counseling.

In the courses required for graduation there is a heavy focus on why people develop addictions and how to help them to overcome addictions, as well as the effects of addictions on the family and other loved-ones. Students are highly engaged in the learning process in each course offered. The professors in the ADAC program seek to make personal connections with the students while making the topics of lecture realistic through linking the material with real-life content.

Addictions, the causes of addictions, understanding addictions, understanding addictions in relation to mental health, and how to help people free themselves of addictions are a main focus in the ADAC program. Students learn about the theories of how the personality develops, theories of how to help people, evidence-based approaches to substance abuse, the realities of psychotropic substances and the effects these substances can have on the afflicted individual, as well as families and friends, is also of focus. Multicultural education is emphasized; while there are no cultures that are free from addictions, gaining deeper knowledge and insight into a variety of cultures and ways to help individuals from various cultures is presented.

The ADAC Program offers a wide array of courses that prepare the student for a career in counseling addictions, as well as preparing them for four-year programs. 

During the capstone courses, the students will learn to apply the 12 Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor and gain practical experience counseling in a supervised setting.

Counseling has the ability to change an individual's life. Pursuing a career as an LCDC can be most rewarding, as well as challenging.


ADAC majors are offered the choice to participate in the Cross Campus Connections (C3) program to earn scholarships. The C3 program is designed to bring people together and form a support system on campus in order to assist with retention and graduation and/or transfer rates. ADAC majors are assigned a mentee of whom they will meet with throughout the semester and offer support and other resources.

C3 Scholarship recipients are chose by the ADAC Program Chair, and an AcademicWorks account must be created to be considered.

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to your My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

Gain Experience

  • 300 Practicum - Guided feedback to perform actual counseling tasks:
    Practicum sites- MMH-ER; Permiacare, Cloverhouse, Springboard, Adult Probation
  • Scenario and role play in classroom settings
  • Small classes for a learning environment
  • Can work as a residential monitor or counseling intern BEFORE graduation

Further your education

  • Have articulation agreements with Texas Tech, UTA and UTPB for bachelors level degrees
  • Universities with online options for completing 4 year degrees, accepting full Accreditations and up to 90 hours from MC.

Behavioral Health Center at MC

The Midland College Behavioral Health Center is a part of the ADAC Program that delivers the practicum experience. Students gain valuable education in counseling with structured supervision.


Cross Campus Connections (C3) is a support program for any student on campus that may need additional support. The C3 program seeks to connect students from all areas of the campus to assist in relationship building, study skill building, and provides a support network for participating students at Midland College.

Students graduating with the AAS in ADAC are prepared to register as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor - Intern with the State of Texas. Texas is an IC&RC state, meaning it reciprocates with all other IC&RC states or countries abroad. 

Registration as a counselor intern allows students to begin working as a paid intern in a variety of treatment programs and other community agencies. Interns can work in private and state funded treatment programs, state and federal agencies, county and state probation, specialized programs focusing of substance abuse and/or on the effects of substance abuse, and even go so far as opening a private practice once fully licensed.

The sky is the limit!

Addiction Counselor Career Options & Salary Guide

Texas Tech Health Care Management Bachelors of Science Degree

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center accepts the Associate of Science Degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling from Midland College. With an additional 30 hours of specified MC core classes and the completion of 30 hours online of Texas Tech courses, students may earn the TTU Health Sciences Center Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management.

Students will be advised by faculty on courses that best fit the requirements.

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MC students visiting Texas Tech to explore their options through this program.

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

Student Success

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Gracie Favela

When Gracie Favela came back to school at Midland College (MC) she never thought she would be graduating with a degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (ADAC).

“At first, I was intimidated because substance abuse is a very big word,” said Favela. “A lot of people told me, ‘Gracie, that group of people is a scary population of people to work with.’ At first I believed them on some level, but I searched within myself and I realized all I wanted to do was help others, and the ADAC program was going to be a perfect fit.”

Read the rest of Favela's story

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Brittany Morris

“I never thought that I was college material,” said 36-year-old Brittany Morris. “I graduated from Midland High School in 2000 and was 5 months pregnant at the time. Throughout my 20s, I was addicted to drugs.  It just didn’t seem like college was an option for someone like me.”

Morris remembered back to that day in 2014 when she met with a Midland College advisor, whom she said believed in her enough to help her with her college application and financial aid paperwork. 

“I thought that if she believed I could be successful in college, maybe she was right,” stated Morris.

Read the rest of Morris' story

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Stephen Ellison

After working in the fast food industry for over ten years and then in a pediatric office for almost two years, Stephen Ellison, 33, has finally found his true calling. In January 2016, he began taking classes in Midland College’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling (ADAC) program and is now a counselor intern at The Springboard Center.

“I guess you might say it was ‘coincidence’ that caused me to get interested in becoming a counselor,” said Ellison.

Read the rest of Ellison's story


PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.

Licensing body for this program: Texas Department of State Health Services



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