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Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance Abuse Counseling is offered both as a two-year associate degree program and as a one-year certificate program. We also offer a Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Prevention Certificate

The Substance Abuse Counseling Program is designed to prepare qualified and competent graduates to enter the field of human services and to provide specialized services to individuals and their families who are experiencing the affects of substance abuse. Graduates of this program will have the necessary educational requirements to become eligible for testing. Students will gain required work experience as a Counselors-in-Training (C.I.) upon completion of the required hours of classroom instruction. The course DAAC 2366 - Practicum or Field Experience will provide a structured, supervised practicum in off-campus approved laboratory training sites.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors:

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs. Exclude "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039), and "Mental Health Counselors" (21-1014) providing these services.

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005 are the following:

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Students must complete the educational and practicum requirements to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). To complete all requirement one must obtain/posses at least an Associates Degree in the Human Service area. The courses offered at Eastfield College meet the requirements set by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Eastfield Certificate and Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degree plans contains additional courses required for college graduation. Obtaining a college certificate and/or degree is a definite employment enhancer and should be pursued if one does not possess a college degree.

Eastfield College is not the certifying/licensing body for state licensure. Please contact Texas Department of State Health Services for application and guidelines as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and Counselor Intern (CI):

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program
Texas Department of State Health Services MC-1982
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3183, USA

Email: lcdc@dshs.state.tx.us
Telephone: 1-800-832-9623
Fax: (512) 834-6677

Eastfield Substance Abuse Program

Texas Addiction Technology Transfer Center Grant


Effective Jan. 1, 1992, Senate Bill 837 established the requirement that persons providing substance abuse counseling in the state of Texas must be licensed. In order to provide professional services in the field, one must have the status of Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) or Counselor Intern (CI).

The requirements for licensure as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) follows:

  • Minimum an Associate Degree in the Human Service, Bachelor or Graduate Degree for Human Service.
  • Complete in the 336 hour practicum course, DAAC 2366.
  • Request an application packet from the Texas Department of Health and Human Service; complete the application as prescribed in the packet. Two letters of reference from LCDC's must be obtained (most of the SA/SW faculty are LCDC). Processing of applications will take 8-10 weeks.
  • Pass Written and Oral exams.
  • 4000 hours of active and actual work experience in a substance abuse treatment facility must be completed before you will receive your license (even if you have passed both the written and oral exams).
  • LCDC awarded.

Eastfield's open admission policy allows anyone who is 18 years or older and a high school graduate, or whose high school class has graduated, to gain admission to the college. A completed application form and high school transcripts are required; official transcripts of all previous college work attempted are required of college transfers. Tuition is based on a sliding scale according to the student’s county of residence and number of courses taken.

For complete enrollment information, including tuition, degree requirements, assessment tests, and TSI (Texas Success Initiative) standards and courses perquisites, please consult the current college catalog. Call the Admissions Office, 972-860-7100, for more information.

Financial aid in the form of grants, loans and scholarships is available through Eastfield Colleges Financial Aid office (C238), 972-860-7188. Apply for financial aid at least two months prior to registration.


Contact Phillip Ortiz, Program Coordinator, 972-391-1037, or Gloria Jackson, 972-860-7624, to request that information be mailed to you.