CAC Education


Get the benefits of face to face training provided by experienced educators and counselors! Recovery Unlimited LLC is offering Certified Addiction Counseling (CAC) classes beginning January 2020. The classes are required in order to work with people seeking treatment for substance use disorders. These CAC classes will count towards the required course work for the State of Colorado. In all classes, you will be given helpful resources to assist you on your educational journey.


Recovery Unlimited believes in training Staff and Therapists to operate with the highest ethical standards. Our goal is to teach therapists to facilitate core competencies to individuals accurately and with confidence. We offer CAC classes to assist people in attaining their professional goals and provide up to date information for prospective addiction counselors. Face to face and personal CAC classes at Recovery Unlimited will help you pursue your passion with assisting others in making behavior changes that can transform people’s lives.


To reserve your seat in CAC classes, please contact Dawn Martin at 719-358-7338 X124 or dawn@recoveryunlimited.biz


For classes in Denver or Northern Colorado, please contact Dr. Reo Leslie at The Colorado School of Family Therapy at 720-253-4831.


Current Schedule

Class & Price Date
Client Record Management - $170 January 31 & February 1
Principles of Addiction Treatment - $225 February 21, 22 & 23
Addiction Counseling Skills - $225 March 13, 14 & 15
Culturally Informed Treatment - $170 April 4 & 5
Infectious Diseases in Addiction Counseling - $170 May 16 & 17
Pharmacology I - $170 June 20 & 21
Professional Ethics I: Jurisprudence - $170 July 11 & 12

Course Descriptions


Addiction Counseling Skills (21 hours)

In this class students will be provided the structure and counseling model to work with individuals with substance use disorders. Students will be taught the counseling skills to assist clients with processing information and work through issues associated with substance use disorders. This class will help students identify with counseling models utilized to motivate and encourage clients as they begin to work through the process of change.


Client Record Management (14 hours)- Pre-requisite for Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning.

There is a lot of valuable information taught in a 14-hour class. We will cover the basics of assessments and evaluations, screening tools and methods, criteria for diagnosing Substance Use Disorders, ASAM criteria for accurate placement, introduction to service planning, and documentation requirements surrounding progress notes. We will teach important information regarding basic discharge planning and referrals. You will learn about the client record in its entirety. Learn about client record confidentiality, releases of information, consent to treatment and mandatory individual disclosure forms.


Principles of Addiction (21 hours)

In this class, we will introduce addiction models and various types of addiction treatment. We will include evidence-based treatment approaches and effective treatment principles outlined by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). We will teach the core competencies every addiction counselor should know. We will review professional readiness, scopes of practice, and applicable rules.


Infectious Diseases in Addiction treatment (14 hours)

Individuals who misuse substances are at a much higher risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases so it is important for counselors to learn and understand so they can effectively communicate concerns to individuals who may be at risk. Students will learn to identify infection and screen for infectious diseases. Students will be able to determine an individual’s risk for infection and provide education and prevention counseling as well as appropriately refer an individual to testing and treatment for infectious diseases.


Culturally Informed Treatment (14 hours)

This class will teach the basics and provide a foundation for understanding how cultural competence, knowledge, and compassion can improve quality of care and increase positive treatment outcomes. Counselors have an obligation to learn about and understand the client’s culture and counsel in a way the individual can be receptive and understand. Students will learn about cultural variables which can be influential in the therapeutic process.


Professional Ethics1: Ethics and Jurisprudence (14 hours)

Students will discuss and learn about ethical issues in addiction counseling and the law and practice of psychotherapy – Jurisprudence. This class is conducted to assist students in the knowledge of professional ethics and Jurisprudence. The overall goal of the class is to inform students of the Colorado Mental Health Practice Act that regulates the practice of psychotherapy in Colorado, and introduce the student to the regulatory system and role of DORA (Dept of Regulatory Agencies) and OBH (Office of Behavioral Health) in the development and credentialing of the addiction counselor.


Pharmacology 1 (14 hours)

Pharmacology is the study of drugs. In this class students will learn the fundamentals of pharmacology especially surrounding the drugs of abuse. Students will learn what is happening in human physiology and behaviors. The instructor will discuss drugs of abuse as outlined in the DSM-5.