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ICAADA was first formed In September 1973 by a group of dedicated and forward-looking alcohol and drug professionals. ICAADA started as an association of alcohol and drug abuse professionals and persons interested in the field. It was quickly decided there needed to be a process designed to certify and establish a credential used to identify a professional in the field of addictions.

ICAADA has been in the certification business for a long time. In 1976, with the cooperation of what was then the Department of Mental Health, Division of Addictions Services, ICAADA began the process of certification with the first credential being the Certified Alcohol Counselor (CAC). In 1977 a second credential, the Certified Drug Counselor (CDC), was established. And in 1978, ICAADA established the Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC) credential.

In 1979, a meeting was held in Merrillville, Indiana between representatives of ICAADA and the credentialing boards of Michigan and Wisconsin. A reciprocity agreement was reached which became the foundation of what is now the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). IC&RC was incorporated in 1981. ICAADA along with the boards of Michigan and Wisconsin laid the groundwork for what is now an internationally recognized organization that has 73-member credentialing boards worldwide, representing over 35,000 certified addiction professionals from 41 states, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Puerto Rico, as a well as several branches of the armed forces.

For more than 38 years, ICAADA has been committed to public protection through the establishment of quality, competency-based certification programs for professionals engaged in the prevention and treatment of addictions and related problems. ICAADA continues to be a viable organization on the state, national and international levels. Current estimates are that ICAADA has nearly three times the number of members of any other organization representing alcohol and drug professionals in the state of Indiana.

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ICAADA is committed to public protection through certification programs for professionals in the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug addictions.



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