About Us

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board (ADACBGA) was founded in 1992 as the Georgia Affiliate Board of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) for addiction and recovery professionals. Core ADACBGA credentials (CADC-I, CADC-II, and CAADC) grant a legal scope of practice to hold oneself out and practice as an Alcohol & Drug Counselor under Georgia Law (Georgia Code § 43-10A-7-15 and 15.1). 


The Mission of the ADACBGA is to protect the public through the provision of competency-based credentials that assure quality care for those affected by substance use and other process disorders.

The 12 Core Functions

Click each of the 12 Core Functions for a brief description.

The process by which a client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program.

The administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program.

Describing to the client the general nature and goals of the program, rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program, the hours during which various services are available and the patient schedule, treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any, and the client’s rights.

Those procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs for the development of the treatment plan.

The process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution, establish agreed upon immediate and long term goals, and decide on the treatment methods and resources to be used.

The utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications, examination of attitudes and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and decision making.

Activities which bring services, agencies, resources or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals. It may involve liaison activities and collateral contacts.

Those services which respond to an alcohol and/or drug abuser’s needs during acute emotional and/or physical distress.

Provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources.

Identifying needs of the client that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available.

Charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan, writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client-related data.

Relating with counselors and other professionals in regard to client treatment and services to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client.

Meetings of the Board of Directors

Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to the public and begin at 12:00pm ET on the second Wednesday of the second month of each quarter.

February 10, 2021

Virtual Meeting

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May 12, 2021

Virtual Meeting

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August 11, 2021

Virtual Meeting

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November 10, 2021

Virtual Meeting

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