The Association of Christian Alcohol & Drug Counselors was established as a 501C3 non-profit corporation in 2002 with the purpose of training and certifying Drug, Alcohol & Addictions Counselors in accordance with biblical Christian principles. In 2003, ACADC became authorized by the California Department of Licensed Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians to provide continuing education for all California LVN's and Psych Techs. In 2004, ACADC was approved by the Department of Alcohol & Drug Programs as a certification organization and given authority written into the California Code of Regulations to grant AOD Counselor Certifications. In April 2006, ACADC became a member of the National Organization of Competency Assurance and in June 2007 was awarded national accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. In 2012, ACADC partnered with Breining Institute to offer dual credentials. The CDAAC is ACADC's Professional Christian Certification and the RAS is the State Approved Certificate. Together they offer the counselor the best of both worlds.


ACADC has its roots in a Christian counseling and education ministry outreach that began in 1995 founded by Dr. Michael Belzman. Dr. Belzman, an Assemblies of God, International ordained minister, began his counseling career as an Army Drug & Alcohol Counselor in 1974. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas, his Masters Degree in Counseling from Boston University, and his Doctorate in Christian Alcohol & Drug Counseling from Trinity Faith Based University. His education also included post graduate courses from several programs of addiction studies. Dr. Belzman received his Master Level MRAS certification from the Breining Institute.

The mission of ACADC is to train and equip effective counselors, intimate with God and biblical wisdom, having received a quality education in the Addiction Counselor Guidelines published in SAMHSA's TAP 21 such that the ACADC trained counselor is confident to speak to any condition pertaining to the mind, will, emotions, soul and spirit, and encompasses all counselor competencies that drug, alcohol and addiction counselors should have.


ACADC Institute Certificate Programs include the following:

CSAC I - Entry level substance abuse counselor certification

CSAC II - Advanced level substance abuse counselor certification

CDAAC I-P - Professional level Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor Certification

CDAAC/RAS Dual Credential - Professional level Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor Certification with the RAS State Approved Certification

CDAAC II/RAS ll - Advanced level Professional Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor Certification with Advanced level RAS-ll State Approved Certification

MDAAC/MRAS - Masters Level Professional Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor Certification with the MRAS State Approved Certification.

Anger Management Certification

Domestic Violence Prevention Certification

Crisis, Trauma and PTSD Counselor Certification

Addiction Interventionist Certification

Suicide Interventionist Certification

Family Crisis Interventionist Certification

Continuing Education for Professional Addiction Counselors


Degrees available:

Associate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling

Bachelor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling

Master of Ministry in Biblical Counseling

Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling

Master of Divinity - Option 1: Recovery Pastor Ordination - Option 2: Pastoral Counselor Ordination

In 2006, ACADC has for the first time offered a dual certification program in which anyone holding a CDAAC Certification (Certified Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor), can also test out for the secular RAS (Registered Addiction Specialist). ACADC also began providing state and nation wide Continuing Education training which the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) Counselor Certification Regulations state must be accepted by all certifying organizations approved by the State of California.

In 2008, ACADC became an approved NAADAC education provider.