​What is Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling?

To practice clinical alcohol and drug counseling means to engage professionally and for compensation in alcohol and drug counseling and appraisal activities by providing services involving the application of counseling principles and methods in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of psychological problems, emotional conditions, or mental conditions of individuals or groups.

What are the requirements to become a LCADC? 
To qualify for licensure as a clinical alcohol and drug counselor, the applicant shall hold a doctoral or master’s degree in a health and human services counseling field from a regionally accredited educational institution approved by the Board or in a program of studies determined by the Board to be substantially equivalent in subject matter;  complete certain specified coursework, complete a specified amount of supervised experience in alcohol and drug counseling obtained under the supervision of an approved licensed clinical alcohol and drug supervisor acquired after the award of the master’s degree or doctoral degree as determined by the Board, achieve a passing score on the Masters Addiction Counseling (MAC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Maryland law exam. See COMAR for details. 
How long can I be a LCADC?
Renewals are every two years subject to certain requirements as set forth in COMAR​.