Administration & Faculty


All faculty at the 


are State of Florida; Chapter 397 - Qualified Clinical Supervisors and leaders in their field who share a passion for teaching and creating a supportive learning environment that is challenging, collaborative and engaging. Our modern classrooms make it possible to explore the world around us in a safe, encouraging environment.


We offer a wide range of diverse courses that are very applicable in today's rapidly changing world of substance abuse counseling. Our faculty are professionals in the field and have multiple years of experience to share with you. They come from a diverse back ground of education and clinical training.

Owner, Director & Faculty Professor








State of Florida Laws; Chapter 397 - Qualified Clinical Supervisor





Owner, Director of Operations, Director of Education, Adjunct Faculty Professor - State of Florida: Licensed Mental Health Counselor Intern, Florida Board Certified Mental Health Therapist & Master's Level Addictions Professional, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Certified Preventions Specialist. Certified Recovery Residence Administrator,

Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager Supervisor

Direct Line: (561) 617-3437





Director-Professor Rodriguez is a proud member of NAADAC © - National Association for Addictions Professionals, American Psychological Association APA ©, he is also trusted and verified by Psychology Today ©. Today, Professor Rodriguez has over 19 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, co-occurring disorders, criminal offenders, and families in treatment facilities thru-out Florida and the Northeast.  Professor Rodriguez specializes in addictions and mental health disorders; in particular, psychosis, mood, trauma, sexuality, and family of origin issues.  Professor Rodriguez is Board Certified & Licensed in Florida as a Master's Level Addictions Professional, Mental Health Professional, Criminal Justice Counselor, Addictions Professional, and Preventions Specialist. 


Professor Rodriguez holds an Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health, he holds a Master's & Bachelor's degrees from Union Institute & University in Clinical Addictions & Mental Health, with a focus on Human & Psychological Development, his graduate studies included Educational Psychology & Social Justice.


He has continued to enhance his clinical skills in areas of couples counseling, neuroscience, biological psychology, human development, criminology, human sexuality, and behavioral analysis. Professor Rodriguez provides individual, group therapy and, relationship & couple's therapy in private practice.


As a therapist, he loves helping individuals with addictions, and/or mental health issues to identify a well-balanced happy life. "I am excited to teach, mentor, and prepare a new generation of addictions professionals."


The Faculty






Mary Nelms,  MS, CAP.

Board Certified Clinical Addictions Therapist & Mental Health Professional

State of Florida; Chapter 397 - Qualified Clinical Supervisor


Adjunct Faculty Professor @ Online Campus



Professor Nelms has over 10 yrs. of experience working in all aspects of the treatment field, she has extensive knowledge in areas of human psychopathology, addictions counseling, and human development. Prof. Nelms has a great passion for teaching future professionals the tools to be successful in their endeavors. She also brings a wealth of clinical experience to our curriculum. 

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"Excellence in Education"


Tel: (561)-617-3437

Fax: (954)-533-3834



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Approved Provider # 5267 - A

The Academy for Addictive Disorders works together with the State Board of Addictions Professionals to keep our educational curriculum to its highest standards, and our faculty continue working in their chosen fields so they can deliver innovative & relevant education to the student body.


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1715 S. Gadsden St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 222-6314
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