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Many people ask, “Why should I attend the addiction Counselor training school versus going to college or a university?”

If you have a good grasp on recovery concepts and competency to practice what we teach in our school, you should be able to start working in the field as an intern within 8 months instead of 2 years for your Associates degree in addiction counseling. Texas Department Of State Health Services allows students to take up to 5 years to finish the rest of their courses towards their Associates degree in counseling. If you already have an Associates, Bachelors or Master’s degree, we help you acquire the remaining classes you need to start working in the field.

News Update 11/1/23

New classes will start December 5, 2023. You can start any class every 5 weeks as long as you attend the entire class.  

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!  Our Houston School is open and if you are looking for a school run by a team of professionals in the field with over 20 years of experience, check our link to the Houston location at 

Carol Cloud who ran the Houston LCDC Training school for over 20 years has opened the Houston Addiction Counselor Training School. 


San Antonio received the Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission on August 24, 2016 and had our first graduate on September 12, 2017.   We are scheduling appointments for interested students to call us and register. Please call Steve or Laura at 210-541-8400 to start the classes or come in and look at the facilities. Classes will be small and personal, but we do have space to grow.

We are continuously updating the curriculum to include new therapeutic approaches and improve on old techniques.

All students will be required to attain an Associate’s Degree within 5 years of obtaining the LCDC Intern status become a fully Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. The 270 hours is approved for 18 CEU hours, the 300-hour practicum is approved for 7 CEU hours at some universities. The acceptance of the hours is at the discretion of each university. We are working with online colleges and Universities to help our students enter the field immediately and acquire the Associates degree during their internship.




NOTE – We receive phone calls from several facilities throughout the state seeking LCDC’s, and Counselor Interns; there are numerous opportunities.


We are providing 3 hour CEU’s the first 3 Saturdays in November 2023 from 9 AM-noon and 1:30 PM-4:30 PM beginning Nov 4, 11, 18 2023. Each class is $25, please call in advance to reserve your seat at 210-541-8400. The schedule is as follows:


Date and Time





9 AM-noon

Understanding Genetics and Brain Chemistry Addiction

Richard Green III, LCDC, BSBA

Addressing conflicts and applying best practices as counselors.


1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Helping Veterans (1.5 hrs)

Helping Criminal Justice Clients (1.5 hrs)

Mike Plover, LCDC

Two 90-minute discussions on (1) the best treatment approaches for veterans and (2) criminal justice clients.


9 AM-noon

HIV, STDs, Hep C, and TB – Initials You Don’t Want After Your Name

Steven W Murphy, LCDC, AADC

Medical aspects of transmitted illnesses, treatments, and how addictions impact them. 


1:30 PM-4:30 PM

The Coming Cannabis Wave – Are We Ready?

Steven W Murphy, LCDC, AADC

Marijuana legalization, medical marijuana, Delta 8, 9, 10 and CBD. Are we making concessions and being desensitized?


9 AM-noon

Ethics: Correlations to Self-Care

Steven W Murphy, LCDC, AADC

A new twist on the causes and solutions for ethical violations.


1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Are There Better Ways to Handle the Opiate Epidemic?

Steven W Murphy, LCDC, AADC

Are we treating opiate addiction or just putting on a Band-Aid? Looking at harm reduction, OMT, treatment and resistance.


Just for clarification:

Continuing education workshops are monitored and approved by TCBAP.

The Addiction Counselor Training School provides the 270 required education hours and the 300 hours of supervised practicum necessary to become an LCDC Intern.

We are a Texas Workforce Commission regulated Proprietary School/Career School. License number S4959

Addiction Counselor Training School will be providing LCDC test prep in January 20, 2024 from 9 AM-5 PM. Please pay in advance.
Books are available for purchase so please let us know if you need to purchase the test prep manual or order one in advance from the distributor.

Please call in advance to ensure seating. $150 per class

210-541-8400 or email us at


Classes will be held at 12042 Blanco Road, Suite 101 at the Addiction Counselor Training School (across from Churchill High School).

To become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, you must complete a 270-hour education course, a 300-hour practicum and 4000 hours (2 years full time) as a supervised intern. You will also be required to pass a written exam, pay a licensing fee and have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Counseling.

The costs for the classes are:

$600 per course (7 courses)

$25 Application fee (non-refundable)

Description Days and Times Fees Comments
6 Classes





6 months

Tuesday 5pm to 9pm





Saturday 9am to 5 pm

4 weeks on, 1 week off,  for 7-8 months

 $600.00 The required 270 hours necessary to acquire your LCDC.
Books and manuals    $439.61 Required
Application Fee   $25.00 Non-refundable





(Minimum 8 weeks)

Per your schedule and the schedule assigned to you by the treatment facility.  $600.00 The required 300 hours necessary to acquire your LCDC.





Meet weekly with Practicum Instructor

Total Cost    4664.61  

             The total balance is preferred at the time of registration. Payment options are available



If you are in need of funding, these are a few alternatives:



Agency Type Qualifications Pros
Texas Workforce Commission-Vocational Rehab





Your closest TWC office. The location off Datapoint and Bluemel has the Vocational Rehab case managers.

TWC Vocational Rehabilitation – Adults

Call:  800-628-5115


Government Grant To be approved and tested by TWC criteria





Disabled or handicapped

(Recovering addict or alcoholic = disabled)

To be tested and approved by TWC / DARS criteria

Pro: No repay. If you are a recovering alcoholic or addict you may qualify, depending on your education, past wages and a thorough evaluation by TWC Staff. Please call your closest TWC office and ask for a VOCATIONAL REHAB evaluation.  LCDC is becoming a high priority job in Bexar County.  Surrounding Counties have sent students to our school since the need for treatment is heavy in rural areas also. 





Cons: Surrounding counties are more open to funding this training.

Bank Loan Loan Based on your credit Pro: Check with CPA if there are any benefits for school and deductions.
In House Payment Plans  Payment Arrangements  Set up a payment plan  We offer 4-month, 6-month, 8-month, up to 10-month payment plans.


 The curriculum topics will include:
  • Course 1 – Basics of Addiction and Physiology of Addiction
  • Course 2 – Basic Counseling Skills
  • Course 3 – Ethics and Special Treatment Issues
  • Course 4 – Counseling Theories
  • Course 5 – Twelve Core Functions / 8 Global Criteria / KSA
  • Course 6 – Addiction and the Family 
  • Practicum (Requires the previous 6 classes)

If you would like more information, please call 541-8400 and we will direct you to the current representatives from the school.



This school has a certificate of approval from the Texas workforce commission.  The TWC assigned school number is: S 4959.  The schools programs are approved by TWC.  Students must address their concerns about the school or any of its educational program for following the grievance procedures outlined in the schools catalog.  Students dissatisfied with the school’s response that complaints or who were not able to file a complaint with the school can file a formal complaint with TWC as well as other relevant agencies or creditors if applicable.  Information on filing a complaint with TWC can be found on TWC’s website at:

If you have any further questions, please contact us at:
Alamo City Treatment Services
Addiction Counselor Training School-San Antonio
12042 Blanco Rd., Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78216

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