CASAC stands for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling or Counselor. As a field of study, the CASAC certification draws from several different disciplines including neurobiology, psychology, sociology, and ethics. For more information on the program at MCNY, see the CASAC Purpose Handbook.
From Harvard Medical School special health reports (2019) in Credo database:
What Is Addiction?
People allude to addiction in everyday conversation, casually referring to themselves as “chocolate addicts” or “workaholics.” But addiction is not a term clinicians take lightly. The term is now listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the reference book that physicians and psychotherapists use to categorize mental health problems.
This guide contains material for the CASAC field as a whole and is a great place to begin research. For more targeted research on common areas of study in CASAC, you should also use the following Research Guides:
Credo Topic Pages brings together various resources available through some of the library's subscription databases. Designed by Credo Reference, topic pages provide excellent background material including definitions, encyclopedia entries, scholarly articles and relevant e-books.
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Mental Health Counselors Assocation (AMHCA)
The Association For Addiction Professionals
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals