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Online CASAC Section 1


Overview of the Addiction Recovery Field

This CASAC training course provides an in-depth overview of addiction, including substance use disorders’ physiological, psychological, and social aspects. You’ll receive 28 hours when you complete this OASAS and NAADAC approved training.

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Addiction Counselor Education and Training

Online CASAC Section 1:

Overview of the Addiction Recovery Field (28 hours)

The addiction counselor course/ CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor) training provides an in-depth overview of addiction, including the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of substance use disorders. This training is designed to equip individuals to understand the history and impact of substance use and its treatment in the United States—effective counseling services to individuals struggling with addiction.

Overview of the Addiction Recovery Field provides aspiring drug counselors with a wide range of topics, including the following:

  • History of alcohol and drug use in the USA,
  • The stages of addiction and recovery,
  • The effects of different types of drugs on the body and mind, 
  • The social impact on our communities
  • Various treatment approaches
  • The continuum of care and passes of addiction recovery


Through lectures, readings, case studies, and interactive activities, students will understand the nature of addiction and the role of the substance use counselor. Upon completing the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to pursue further education and training in addiction counseling and related fields.

Our online CASAC – addiction counselor training is approved by both OASAS and NAADAC.

This training can be used towards initial CASAC education and training, CASAC, or NAADAC renewals.

    With Educational Enhancement, addiction counselor education and training isn’t complicated or stressful.

    Break into the field of substance use counseling from the comfort of your own home or favorite cafe.

    Study when the time is convenient for YOU.

    Register today for our approved distance learning- CASAC training and become the change your community needs.

    Who should take Overview of Addiction?


    The Overview of Addiction Counselor Training is an introductory CASAC training designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career as a substance use counselor or who are currently working in the addiction recovery field and need to meet the credentialing requirements of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS).

    This course is also appropriate for individuals in related fields, such as social work, psychology, nursing, or mental health counseling, who want to expand their knowledge of substance use disorders and learn how to integrate addiction treatment into their practice.

    To become a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State, individuals must complete 350 hours of training, including this Overview of Addiction course, 6,000 hours of supervised work experience, and pass a certification exam. Therefore, individuals interested in pursuing a career as a CASAC should consider taking this course as a first step in meeting the certification requirements.

    You will receive 28 clock hours for taking our self-study, self-paced, addictions counselor online training.

    Educational Enhancement’s OASAS-approved, online CASAC Section 1: Overview of Addiction training fulfills NYS’s initial CASAC coursework requirement.

    NAADAC approves the training for credentialing or renewal purposes.

    Are you ready to be the CHANGE  your community needs?


    Fulfillment in any career starts with efficient education and training.

    Every day,  alcohol and drug counselors become a beacon for change in their clients’ lives.

    Educational Enhancement CASAC ONLINE is committed to providing you with the highest education and training standards for addiction counselors.

    Since 2002 Educational enhancement has trained over 5000 CASACs in NYS.
    Our program is approved by OASAS in NYS (provider #0415) and nationally by NAADAC (#254148)

    Our online addiction counselor training program provides you with 500+ hours of knowledge, skills, and motivation to make a lasting impression on persons struggling in the throes of substance use disorder.

    Once inside our education and training program, you’ll obtain the insight, skills, and interventions to foster recovery and bolster autonomy in your clients. 

    A man sits overlooking the valley and contemplates his online OASAS approved addiction counseling training.

    Online CASAC Section 1

    Overview of the Addiction Recovery Field

    Embark on a transformative self-study journey where you will dive deep into the fascinating realm of addiction and substance use disorders. Gain invaluable insights into the history of alcohol and drug use in the USA, understand the intricate stages of addiction and recovery, explore the profound effects of different types of drugs on the body and mind, and unravel the far-reaching social impact on our communities.

    Discover various treatment approaches that pave the way towards healing and recovery, and explore the continuum of care that leads individuals towards a fulfilling life beyond addiction.

    I found the training to be not only interesting but informative and helpful. I love the recovery field; therefore, I enjoy learning and did well with the training. As a visual learner, I respond well to visual teaching; therefore, the pre-recorded videos and added resources benefited me. I could download the workbooks and follow along with the videos while taking notes. I also liked repeating the questions in the final exam because the repetitive question from previous tests helped me learn.

    — Melinda Zox Stewart

    Mental health; recovery field

    Online CASAC Section 1

    Overview of the Addiction Recovery Field

    Embark on an enlightening self-study experience in the addiction recovery field. Dive into the rich history of substance use in the USA, understand the complex stages of addiction and recovery, and examine drugs physiological and psychological impacts. On society as a whole. Learn about diverse treatment methods that guide individuals on the path to healing and explore the comprehensive care continuum that enables a fulfilling life beyond addiction.

    The OASAS-approved initial Overview of the Addiction Recovery Field course provides aspiring addiction counselors with a foundational understanding of addiction and recovery, their impact on individuals and society, and the principles of effective treatment. This course will prepare you to grasp better the concepts presented in the IC & RC Credential Exam.

    You can also use this training to satisfy renewal requirements of your addiction counselor credential through OASAS or NAADAC.


    Course Curriculum

    Module 1: A History of Alcohol and Drugs

    Module 2: The Prevalence of Addiction

    Module 3: The Causes of Addiction 

    Module 4: The Impact of Addiction

    Module 5: How Is Addiction Treated?

    Module 6: The Addiction Treatment System

    Module 7: Recovery

    Module 8: Recovery Wellness and Spirituality 

    A man sits overlooking the valley and contemplates his online OASAS approved addiction counseling training.


    Commit to professional development. Effective addiction counseling requires you to stay up-to-date with the latest substance use research and the most relevant clinical theories and interventions.


    Register and begin Overview of Addiction Recovery Field training now with Educational Enhancement CASAC Online.

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