Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors

Emergency Administrative Rules - effective October 13, 2017

In response to Executive Order No. 02-17 and the Governor’s call to review existing State mental health and drug and alcohol addiction laws and regulations, the Office of Professional Regulation has adopted emergency administrative rules for Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAPs), Alcohol & Drug Counselors (ADCs), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs).  The Emergency Rules took effect on October 13th and will be renewed until a permanent rule is adopted. For more information, please see our Statutes & Rules page.  

The Office intends to file identical or very similar rules for permanent adoption.  We value public input.  Please send comments and suggestions to  Received comments are a public record and will be shared with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules.  

Information for Applicants

The 2016, No. 156, §§ 2-6 … moved the registration/certification and licensure of Apprentice Addiction Professionals, Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors to the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR).  As of September 1, 2016, all individuals practicing as AAPs, ADCs, and LADCs should hold and OPR license. 

Applications are completed online. Please consult the Forms and Instructions webpage for more information. If you need assistance, we are happy to help! 

To better serve you, we have a list of our most frequently asked questions. Please click on the button below to find the answer to your question before calling or emailing.


For questions or to contact the board, email or call:

Diane LaFaille

This page was last updated: 2019-01-23