In 1975 the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association of South Carolina was formed by a group of directors, counselors and intervention specialists. It was believed that workers in the field of addictions needed a vehicle by which to assure that trends and innovations in the field were disseminated to aid the professional growth and development of its workers.
The Association determined that a certification procedure needed to be instituted to assess the level of counselor competence. The first written test was administered at the College of Charleston and at the University of South Carolina in December of 1977. The first test was given to over 100 people who aided in setting the standards for the certification system. Oral interviews were established in 1977.
In 1982, the process was taken over by the (then) South Carolina Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (now the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services). DAODAS offered credentialing in five specialty areas: Master Counselor, Clinical Counselor, Intervention Specialist, Primary Prevention Specialist, and Addictions Associate. Also offered was credentialing for ADSAP and SCIP Structured Group Leader. The system was maintained by DAODAS until December 1995 at which time the South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors assumed responsibility for the certification system. In 2019, SCAADAC became the Addiction Professionals of South Carolina (APSC). The Certification Commission is established by APSC to maintain the certification system.