Internships and Careers in Addiction Treatment & Prevention
If you’ve always wanted to help others, consider the growing field of addiction services. Addiction treatment and prevention agencies across New Jersey employ thousands of dedicated individuals working hard to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. And more are needed. The following resources may be helpful as you explore this field more carefully:
A Rewarding Career in Addiction Services
Read NJPN’s brochure highlighting career opportunities in addiction treatment and prevention.
Internships can help you get the work experience you need to obtain a paying job in the field. And they can help you gain needed experience hours towards becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), or a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). Download our Internship Application if you would like to be considered for one of the internships available throughout the state. Please note that most internships begin as unpaid positions and require a college degree.You can view a list of licensed treatment agencies in New Jersey by visiting https://njsams.rutgers.edu/dastxdirectory/txdirmain.htm.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
For Individuals Interested in Pursuing a CADC or LCADC:
The process of becoming a CADC or LCADC involves many steps, so it’s important to understand what lies ahead if this is a path you are interested in taking. View our Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions section.
Important Websites to Visit
Division of Consumer Affairs: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/adc. You can get the application for the CADC/LCADC at this website, view laws and regulations related to alcohol and drug counseling and much more.
The Certification Board: www.certbd.org. If you received any alcohol and drug counseling or counseling-related education from a regionally-accredited college or university, you might not need to take all of the 45 courses towards your CADC/LCADC. The agency that makes that determination is the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey. For more information on having your transcript reviewed, download the form at www.certbd.org.
Learn about NJPN’s Addiction Training and Workforce Development Program
Interested in learning more about the free CADC courses we offer? Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.