Addictions Training Institute – Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Booklist
Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Booklist

Certified Addiction Counselor Certificate Requirements:

SAC 101 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling

Drug Use and Abuse

Author:Howard Abadinsky
Edition: 8th
Publisher:Cengage Learning
Required Reading

Elements of Counseling

Author: Davis & Meier
Edition: 7th
ISBN-13: 978-0495813330
Required Reading

Loosening the Grip

AuthorJean Kinney
Edition: 10th
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Recommended Reading

SAC 102 Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Drugs, Society and Human Behavior

Author: Hart, C. L., & Ksir, C.
Edition: 15th
ISBN-13: 978-0073529745
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill
Required Reading

Uppers, Downers, All Arounders

Author: Darryl S. Inaba,William E. Cohen
Edition: 8th
Publisher: CNS Productions

SAC 103 Ethics and Legal Issues in Substance Abuse

Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions

Author: Corey
Edition: 8th
ISBN-13: 978-0495812418
Publisher: Brooks/Cole

SAC 104 Case Management in Substance Abuse Treatment

Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective

Author: Van Wormer, K., & Davis, D. R.
Edition: 4th
ISBN-13: 978-0840029164
Publisher: Brooks/Cole

Patient Records and Addiction Treatment

Author: Gerry Coughlin, Sherry S Kimbrough, Landon L Kimbrough
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Southworth Press

SAC 105 Professional Development for the Addictions Professional

  Becoming a Helper, 6th edition

Author: Marianne Schneider Corey,Gerald Corey
ISBN-13: 9780495812265
Publisher: Brooks/Cole

**Other reading will be required, but will be supplied free of charge.

SAC 106 Counseling Modes and Methods in Substance Abuse Treatment

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (9th ed.).

Author: Corey, G
Edition: 9th edition
Publisher:Brooks/Cole (2009)

Groups: Process and Practice (9th ed.).

Author Corey
Edition: 9th

**Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2004). Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 39. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 05-4006. Rockville: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Required

SAC 107 Counseling Modes and Methods in Substance Abuse Treatment


Comprehensive Education Services (2015). Study Guide for the IC & RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) Certification Exam.

You can buy the book by clicking on this link   –  (or you can call CCAPP in California to order the book.  Our students tell us it is less expensive if you buy it from CCAPP but it is not for purchase on their website and you will have to call.)


We recommend but do not require:

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Mee-Lee, D. (2013). The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions. Carson City: The Change Company