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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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.

To apply for any MC Scholarship through AcademicWorks:

1. APPLY at
2. Confirm the link sent to your email and complete application
3. Check your MC student email for notifications of award
4. Accept award & write your electronic thank you letter to the donor

*Already receiving a scholarship? Don't forget to update your application each semester! You will receive an email when it is time to do so.

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!

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

 Student Success

ADAC Student Success - Morris

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

ADAC Student Success - Ellison

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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