Our Vision

To be a leader in state and national collaborative efforts that improve the overall health and welfare of those afflicted with substance use disorders.


Our Mission

CAADE promotes and supports quality higher education in addiction studies by:

  • ​providing continuing education and professional development
  • leading the state and national levels in the development and implementation of certification and licensure standards for addiction service professionals
  • developing and implementing accreditation standards for higher education in addiction studies
  • providing public policy education and advocacy among consumers and other stakeholders.

Our History

The California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1984 under the direction of founder Dr. Dick Wilson. CAADE initially began with the goal of setting and upholding accreditation standards for Alcohol/Drug Studies Programs in California. After much success in establishing CAADE accredited programs in colleges throughout the state, CAADE continued with it's goal of exceeding state standards, CAADE began certifying counselors in 1995. The CAADE Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is one of three credentials recognized by California's Department of Health Care Services for addiction counselors providing clinical services.


Our Facts

  • The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC) serves CAADE as the overseer of all functions related to CATC Certification (CATC credentials, CATC Exam, Continuing Education CCS Supervisor credential and all current/future credentials or CEU activities).
  • CAADE Accredited Addiction Studies Programs educate some 10,000 students annually.
  • CAADE is the only addiction counselor certifying organization in California that has a tier system recognizing a counselor's level of higher education.