Chemical dependency counselors

A licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) is a mental health professional who assists individuals or groups to develop an understanding of chemical dependency problems, define goals, and plan actions reflecting the individual’s or group’s interest, abilities, and needs as affected by chemical dependency problems. Services may include the diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder. LCDCs are not authorized to treat individuals with a mental health disorder or to provide family counseling to individuals whose problems do not include chemical dependency.

A chemical dependency counselor must hold at least a two-year associate’s degree with a course of study in human behavior/development and service delivery and must complete 4,000 hours of supervised experience working with chemically dependent persons.

For more information about chemical dependency counselors, visit the website of the Texas Department of State Health Services at or call (800) 832-9623.