How to Become a Chemical Addiction Counselor in Texas

Licensed chemical dependency counselors help others overcome their addictions to alcohol, drugs and other substances. To become a counselor in the state of Texas, you must be licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A license is rewarded based on academic experience, hours of supervised work with addicts, recommendations from licensed counselors and the completion of two exams.

Things You'll Need

  • Associate degree or higher
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • License application

Instructions

    • 1

      Earn a 2- or 4-year degree in human behavior and development, psychology or other human services degree from an accredited college or university.

    • 2

      Complete 4,000 hours of supervised work with patients suffering from chemical dependency. Submit a written case study to the Texas Department of State Health Services before taking the written and oral exams.

    • 3

      Submit an application to become a licensed chemical dependency counselor to the State Health Services. You can download the application from their web site. Submit two letters of recommendation from licensed chemical dependency counselors. You will also have to pass a criminal background check to be eligible to take the necessary exams.

    • 4

      Pass written and oral exams given by State Health Services.

    • 5

      Sign a statement that outlines ethical rules and responsibilities of licensed chemical dependency counselors working in Texas.

Tips & Warnings

  • If already licensed in another state, you can apply for reciprocity. Submit a reciprocity application, application fee, two letters of recommendation from licensed chemical dependency counselors, a copy of current license and a copy of your college transcript.
  • Completion of continuing education coursework is a requirement to maintain your license. If you have a master's degree, you need to complete 24 hours of continuing education during a two-year period. If you have an associate or bachelor's degree, you need to complete 40 hours of continuing education during a two-year period.
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