The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board became a duly chartered corporation in August 1984, and was granted statutory status by N.C.G.S. 90-113.30 of 1994. In 2005, it became mandatory to hold a substance abuse credential in order to practice substance abuse services.
The primary mission of the Board is:
- To establish standards for professional practice in the alcoholism and addiction service delivery systems,
- To provide a means by which individuals certified under these standards may be recognized and identified as possessing the necessary competencies as professionals in the field of alcoholism and addictions counseling,
- To establish a means by which alcoholism and addiction professionals may demonstrate their integrity and credibility to the general public and to other health care professionals.