Addiction Counseling

Addiction Counseling

Welcome to the Addiction Counseling program where our motto is Helping and Healing. Addiction Counselors work with individuals who have alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems such as gambling and eating disorders. Addiction Counselors provide education, prevention, intervention, and/or rehabilitative services to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. We are very excited to offer this program to our students as a certificate.

Certificate Program

Albany State University offers a certificate for individuals seeking to broaden their career opportunities or seeking to further their careers in addictions by completing the academic courses needed for the Certified Addiction Counseling (CAC I or CAC II) credential. This program is offered in a flexible format, with courses available online. Students may enter the program any semester and finish in three semesters, taking two classes a semester. Students who begin in the Fall semester, have the option of taking three classes in the Fall and three in the Spring in order to finish in two semesters.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals must have a high school diploma order to sit for the CAC I exam or a bachelors degree to sit for the CAC II certification exam. However, individuals may complete the educational requirements before completing the bachelor's degree. Admission into the program requires:

  • Successful completion of English 1101 and English 1102 with a grade of “C" or higher
  • Successful completion of a General Psychology course

For additional information regarding the Addiction Counseling Certificate Program, please contact Carol Ann Ham, MA, MSW, LMSW, CAP, ICADC Professor of Human Services by email at or at (229) 500-2267 or you may contact the Department of Sociology and Psychology at (229) 500-2355.

Carol Ann Ham, MA, MSW, LMSW, CAP, ICADC

Associate Professor Director of Human Services and Addiction Counseling

Addiction Counseling Courses

Addiction Counseling Certificate Program Required Courses*

Course Title Credit Hours
HUST 1110 Families and Other Systems 3
HUST 2000 Group Theory and Process 3
HUST 2050 Counseling Theories and Methods 3
HUST 2650 Applied Community Health 3
HUST 2700 Understand and Treating Addictions 3
HUST 2750 Current Trends in Addiction And Mental Health 3
Total 18
(270 clock hours)

*These class have been approved by the Georgia Addiction Counseling Association's Requirement for educational hours only. Each class equals 45 hours towards the 270 clock hour requirement for CAC II, or the 180 hours for CAC I, or they may be used individually for CEU requirements.